By Jasmine Milum, Staff Writer
Dayton is getting a very special visit at the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center this spring. Motown: The Musical will be hitting the stage this April 11-16, 2017. This show produced by Berry Gordy and directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, is open for all ages and all music lovers of hits produced by Motown Records in the 60’s and 70’s.
Motown: The Musical is a story based on producer and songwriter Berry Gordy and how he built what would become his legacy: Motown Records. In January 1959, Detroit became the hometown of not only the automotive industry, but also the recording industry once Gordy was able to bring promising artists to the city. In our own hometown, funk music was growing rapidly as bands like The Ohio Players began to sweep the state by storm.
Support of Broadway musicals encourages more to visit Dayton. SPAC has housed many American favorites, like Cats or Wicked, and plans to continue this year with performances like JOURNEY, and children's favorites like the TV hit Paw Patrol. WSU student Jeremy Tyson agrees, saying he believes in supporting musicals brought to Dayton because “[it] brings revenue and positive representation. If shows like that do come, then Dayton will become a welcoming place for other types of artists, groups and mainstream music performers to have more shows and events. Maybe even Jennifer Lopez.” Although the chances are slim of J-Lo stopping by, the impact is still evident. Former Muse Machine member Bobbi M. has seen firsthand how the arts in Dayton can affect our future. “Having performed in high school, it has brought me many opportunities not only outside of Dayton but here at home that I never would have imagined to discover."
To get tickets to the show, and to support the arts in Dayton, visit TicketCenterStage.com, the Box Office, or call 937-228-3630 or 888-228-3630. For more information visit http://www.motownthemusical.com
Motown: The Musical
Editor: Nicolas Green