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"Motown the Musical" continues through Oct. 8 at Cadillac Palace Theatre.

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Fans of the Motown sound and music, in general, won't want to miss "Motown the Musical."

The production, which recounts the story of Berry Gordy and his musical legacy, continues through Oct. 8 at Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago.

"Motown the Musical" is a show filled with gems from the Detroit label's famous collection of songs that became the soundtrack for generations of music lovers.

Through the decades, the Motown sound has stood on its own for not only its great creativity and mirthful messages but also for its ability to connect people of all races, backgrounds and ages.

"Motown the Musical" had its first national tour in Chicago back in 2014. The production features the music of the top groups that grew out of Detroit's Motown as it tells the story of Gordy's career as well as his relationship with the iconic Diana Ross. The show is based on Gordy's autobiography "To Be Loved: The Music, The Magic, The Memories of Motown."

Starring in the touring production is actress/singer Trenyce, whom television viewers will remember from season 2 of "American Idol." Trenyce portrays Diana Ross and joyously breathes new life into this rendition of the iconic singer. Trenyce hits all the right notes in delivering Supremes' hits as well as solo Ross tunes.

Kenneth Mosley is the perfect Gordy in "Motown the Musical." His vocals remain smooth throughout and his vocal harmonies with Trenyce are impressive. One of Mosley's standout vocal segments is his performance of Gordy's emotional heart-tugger "To Be Loved."

Motown fans will enjoy a mix of tunes from the famous catalog in the show including songs by The Jackson Five, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye to The Four Tops, Stevie Wonder and more.

The show moves swiftly featuring hit after hit as the story of Motown unfolds. Powerful dance numbers by the ensemble cast also move the story along.

Tunes starring in the show include "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," "Dancing In The Street," "ABC," "Ain't Too Proud To Beg," "Get Ready," "My Girl," "Stop In The Name of Love," "What's Going On" and others.

FYI: "Motown the Musical" runs to Oct. 8 at Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St., Chicago. Tickets begin at $30. Call 800-775-2000 or visit BroadwayInChicago.com.

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Eloise writes about food and entertainment for The Times, subjects she has covered for over two decades in and around the Region. She was the youngest of eight children in a Chicago household filled with fantastic cooks and artists.