The show features 10 singers and an eight-piece band performing a selection of songs made famous by singers and groups signed up to the Tamla Motown record label, which this year celebrates the 50th anniversary. The label was founded by legendary impresario and producer, Berry Gordy.
“Songs in the show include many originally performed by singers and groups such as Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, The Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, the Jackson 5, the Supremes, Lionel Richie and the Commodores among others, said the Motown show director, Mark Robbins.
Robbins said the singers whose songs will be included in the show had all made major contributions to the financial and critical success of the Motown label and helped create what is universally known as “the Motown sound.”
He said he had devised the show together with singer Alex Fairlie, who will also take part in the production. “This will be a fun show that highlights some of the greatest music ever written and recorded and is our tribute to a great recording label,” said Robbins.
He said singers on the stage would include Kirby Chipembere, Alex Fairlie, Ruth Fernandes, Brita Masalethulini, Tina Masawi, Innocent Museve, Shami Musariri-Hove, Rudo Musiwacho, John Pfumojena and Aaron Ziwande.
Robbins, who will play drums in the group said other band members included Basil Fernandes, Simba Moyo on guitar, Kudakwashe Gomba and Tasimba Mhizha on keyboards, John Pfumojena on percussion and Aubrey Kabambe on saxophone.
“It will have broad general appeal to all ages and will be something that will leave audiences in a great mood,” he said.
A matinee performance will be held on Saturday at 2.30pm.