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The best of Motown tonight


Take a soulful trip back to the golden age of Motown with “So Good for the Soul” tonight at 8 p.m. at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center.

The show is in celebration of Berry Gordy’s Detroit hit-making machine which defined the “Sound of Young America” during the 1960s. The show’s cast includes an assortment of singers and musicians who represent Motown royalty, all “dressed to the nines” and performing some of the songs from the greatest songwriters of a generation, including Smokey Robinson, Holland, Dozier and Holland, Stevie Wonder, etc.

Featuring Broadway performers from “Dream Girls,” “Your Arms Too Short to Box with God” and “Showboat,” the show is a blend of the look and sounds of Motown including The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Supremes, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Lionel Richie, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight and the Pips, The Marvelettes, Martha and the Vandellas, The Jackson Five and so many more.

The Washington Post commented that the show “… captures the essence of America’s own music in an evening of sheer fun.

During its heyday, Motown Records rivaled some of the biggest record labels in the business including Capitol, Warner Brothers, RCA and CBS. Its artists were frequent guests on many popular televison programs, most notably “The Ed Sullivan Show,” “American Bandstand” and “Soul Train.” The Supremes, in particular, remain one of the biggest-selling trios of all time.

Tickets are $29 and $24 and may be purchased online at, by phone at (661) 723-5950, or at the box office open today from noon to 6 p.m. at 750 W. Lancaster Blvd.