Motown: The Musical [Original Broadway Cast Recording]

Motown: The Musical [Original Broadway Cast Recording]


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Opening in April of 2013, Motown: The Musical is the Broadway adaptation of Motown founder Berry Gordy's autobiography, one stuffed with over 50 song segments from the legendary label's towering '60s glory days. Trying to contain the various vivid stories, personalities, and characters of Motown's early history in one compact musical would be hard enough, let alone trying to get into any of the music. Thusly, the original Broadway cast recording of Motown: The Musical is mostly a long string of medleys, grabbing truncated versions or seconds of hooks from classic Motown hits by everyone from the Supremes to the Jackson 5. In between the dizzyingly speedy mash-ups there are equally short snippets of dialogue alluding to the civil rights movement happening concurrently with Motown's rise to worldwide acclaim and the occasional banter between the star players before they break into song. Studio musicians and cast members offer surprisingly faithful renditions of ubiquitous hits like the Temptations' "My Girl," the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back," and the rousing album-closing version of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." The serviceable Broadway medley versions are fine, but they play so closely to the originals that they end up reinforcing how truly magical and unique the original sessions were. Trying to re-create the impossibly rare beauty of early Motown is a fool's errand, and while the musical isn't aiming to do that, Motown: The Musical can't help but fall flat as an album when compared to any of the innumerable Motown hits collections that have come before it. As a souvenir for those particularly moved by the musical, or Motown fanatics, this is a great production and a document of an enormously entertaining show. For anyone turned on to the sound of young Detroit for the first time by the musical, investigating the real artifacts isn't just the best place to start, but the only place.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/04/2013
Label: Motown
UPC: 0602537395071
catalogNumber: 001854102
Rank: 42872

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marva Hicks   Vocals
Jack Bashkow   Reeds
Bruce Eidem   Trombone
Joseph Joubert   Conductor
Roger Squitero   Percussion
Maurice Murphy   Vocals
John Chudoba   Trumpet
Milton Craig Nealy   Vocals
Jason Webb   Keyboards
Kenny Brescia   Guitar
Jason Jackson   Bass Trombone
Jamal Story   Vocals
Jesse Nager   Vocals
Grasan Kingsberry   Vocals
Sean Carney   Violin
Todd Groves   Reeds
Alden Banta   Reeds
Brian Pareschi   Trumpet
Eric LaJuan Summers   Vocals
N'Kenge   Vocals
Gary Seligson   Percussion
Bobby Baxmeyer   Guitar
Ryan Shaw   Vocals
Valisia LeKae   Vocals
Daniel J. Watts   Vocals
Charl Brown   Vocals
Luico Hopper   Bass
Andrea Dora   Vocals
Saycon Sengbloh   Vocals
Amy Ralske   Cello
Orlando Wells   Violin,Viola
Brandon Victor Dixon   Vocals
Julius Thomas   Vocals
Jawan Jackson   Vocals
Bryan Terrell Clark   Vocals
Ephraim Sykes   Vocals
Ariana Debose   Vocals
Tiffany Janeane Howard   Vocals
Sydney Morton   Vocals
Sasha Hutchings   Vocals
Rebecca E. Covington   Vocals
Raymond Luke   Vocals
Nicholas Christopher   Vocals
Motown: The Musical Cast Ensemble   Choir, Chorus
Marielys Molina   Vocals
Donald Webber   Vocals
Alvin Hough   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Marvin Gaye   Songwriter
Michael Lovesmith   Songwriter
Smokey Robinson   Songwriter
Barrett Strong   Songwriter
Lee Garrett   Songwriter
Nick Ashford   Songwriter
Renaldo Benson   Songwriter
Cleveland   Songwriter
Lamont Dozier   Songwriter
Frank Filipetti   Producer,Engineering
Berry Gordy   Songwriter,Liner Notes
Cornelius Grant   Songwriter
Eddie Holland   Songwriter
Brian Holland   Songwriter
Ivy Jo Hunter   Songwriter
Zane Mark   Dance Arrangement
Alphonso Mizell   Songwriter
Freddie Perren   Songwriter
Deke Richards   Songwriter
Valerie Simpson   Songwriter
Harry Weinger   Executive Producer
Norman Whitfield   Songwriter
Stevie Wonder   Songwriter
Syreeta Wright   Songwriter
Georgia Dobbins   Songwriter
Ronald White   Songwriter
Bruce Resnikoff   Executive Producer
William Garrett   Songwriter
Robert Bateman   Songwriter
Lula Mae Hardaway   Songwriter
Freddie Gorman   Songwriter
Ethan Popp   Composer,Producer,Orchestration
Derik Lee   Pro-Tools
William Stevenson   Songwriter
Fred Sladkey   Pro-Tools
Bryan Crook   Arranger,Orchestration

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