If you are mad about Motown then get ready to bob your socks off along with familiar dancing routines and popular music tracks.
The Magic of Motown; fires up the Lighthouse stage as seven talented entertainers, comprising of three black beauties and four smooth male movers exclaim to the audience how they expect this Saturday night to go … ‘Let’s party!’
‘Sisters’ with sharp cropped hair, glossy smiles and the most glitzy of cocktail dresses with pure vocal demour pour out the pleasurable tones of The Supremes. They perform a medley of ‘Where did our love go’, ‘Baby love’ and the much-loved ‘Stop!’.
More classics continue, ‘How sweet it is to be loved by you’, ‘Ain’t that peculiar’, ‘This old heart of mine’ and get the dancing in the aisles started. Complimented by some sleek outfits, not least black and gold suits, the guys do some groovy moves as they back step alongside a quality Gladys Knight rendition, with ‘Georgia on my mind’ being the most memorable.
Slinking effortlessly into more Motown lustre the quintessential artist himself, Lionel Ritchie, with and without the Commodores … ‘Easy’ is performed with a little humour and a superb opportunity for Mike the lead guitarist to give his strings a strumming. Not before ‘Dancing on the ceiling’ hots up the numbers already dancing in the gangways… ‘Come on party people!’.
Sequins, beehives and bling form the set for more Motown marvels; ‘Heatwave’, ‘Singing the same old song’, ‘Honeypie honeybunch’, ‘It takes two’ and ‘All night long’ build into a melodious marvel.
The sounds of Detroit wouldn’t be complete with the awesome Stevie Wonder and tonight’s sensational seven keeping it all ‘Uptight’ and in time.
In old school disco fashion with crazy flares, lurid colours and microphone wigs, a tribute to The Jackson’s follows, with classics like ‘Blame it on the boogie’ and ‘I want you back’ and almost rounds up this night of nostalgia. There’s just enough time for a couple of sloppy love songs and an acapella version of ‘Under the boardwalk’ before closing the evening to a rapturous applause and a smile on every party goers face.
The Magic of Motown comes highly recommended, especially after causing a Heatwave at the Lighthouse.
Words by Wendy Armstrong