Even after all these years the sound of Motown continues to prove popular across the globe.
And Fife’s no exception with audiences in the Kingdom enjoying the fun and nostalgia that the sound often brings.
Following an appearance by none other than Martha Reeves and the Vandellas at Rothes Halls earlier this year, next month sees another celebration of the music that came out of Detroit comes to Glenrothes in the shape of another tribute.
The Magic of Motown returns to the Kingdom with its brand new ‘Reach Out’ Tour.
Songs like Dancing in the Street, My Girl, Where Did Our Love Go, My Guy and Baby Love rocketed Motown to the top of the singles charts in 1964.
“Incredibly, 100 more Motown No1s followed worldwide,” said show producer Michael Taylor.
“The Magic of Motown 2014 Reach Out Tour brings to the stage 36 of these chart toppers back-to-back in one critically-acclaimed production.”
Direct from the USA, The Magic of Motown promises those gathered at the venue on Sunday, November 16 a five-star performance that will authentically revive the style and sophistication of everyone’s favourite Motown legends.
Michael continued: “This year we’re proud to announce that the show will include more number one hits than ever before.”
Among those set to feature in the current touring production are classic hits from the Temptations, Four Tops, Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Lionel Richie and The Supremes.
And it’s all packed into a spectacular two hour show that’s perfect for any Motown fans.
“As well as dazzling dance moves and glittering costumes galore, the elusive, authentic sound of Motown is recreated by our incredible Magic of Motown band,” he said.
The group, especially put together for the show, celebrate their 10th year together on this tour.
Michael added: “In their capable hands you can guarantee that the score will be – with a nod to the great Stevie Wonder – uptight. . . alright and out of sight!”
In 1964 Motown crossed the Atlantic to become a musical phenomenon on these shores.
The labels’ touring concert show, the Motown Revue starring Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, the Temptations, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, (Little) Stevie Wonder and Diana Ross and the Supremes, paved the way for Motown’s chart-storming success in the UK.
That year the UK singles charts were peppered with Motown songs.
The Motown sound was a style of soul music with a distinct pop influence.
To mark the occasion, The Magic of Motown brings this all-new production to the stage with a 100-date nationwide tour.
The producer told the Press: “Sixties classics give way to present-day masterpieces from Lionel Richie and Diana Ross.
“Sadly, many of the original Motown legends are either no longer with us or no longer touring.
“The Magic of Motown is the nearest you’ll get to authentically capturing their incredible musical legacy in a live show.
“Our young cast is able to reflect the exuberance and excitement of these songs as they were originally performed.”
Equal care is taken to reproduce the original look of the Motown stars on stage.
It was not just the music that set Berry’s signings apart from all other hit singers of the time.
For mass market appeal, artistes’ images were carefully controlled from dress and choreography, right down to their manners.
Michael added: “Thus we’ve employed the services of top costume designer Claire Davis to create a fabulous selection of colourful costumes for the cast while leading man Andre Lejaune is responsible for choreographing the cast to perform the intricate dance moves for which Motown stars were famous.”
Andre, the male lead in the show, promises many new numbers added to the already hit-packed score.
He said: “Come and celebrate 50 years of number one hits.
“With the Reach Out 2014 Tour, the magic of Motown is truly coming to town.”
Other all-time favourite tracks that will be revived by the production include ‘Stop in the Name of Love’; ‘Dancing in the Street’; ‘My Guy’; ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’; ‘This Old Heart of Mine’; ‘I Heard it Through the Grapevine’; ‘All Night Long’; ‘Why Do Fools Fall in Love’; ‘How Sweet it is’ and of course, ‘Baby Love’.
With the production presenting so many shows this coming year, Michael said there will be “nowhere to run, nowhere to hide” to keep you away from the Magic of Motown in 2014.
The Magic of Motown comes to Rothes Halls, Glenrothes on November 16.