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A Supreme musical season: Mary Wilson to ring in the holidays

2013-11-18T09:00:00Z 2013-11-20T18:26:13Z A Supreme musical season: Mary Wilson to ring in the holidaysEloise Marie Valadez Eloise.Valadez@nwi.com, (219) 933-3365 nwitimes.com

Mary Wilson shot to fame as a founding member of powerhouse girl group The Supremes and later performed as a hit solo act.

These days Wilson is still singing and serenading fans. She'll soon bring her holiday revue highlighting the sounds of Motown to Chicago.

"Mary Wilson's Holiday Spectacular" featuring special guests The Four Tops hits the stage of Chicago's Harris Theater December 23 and runs through January 5, 2014.

"I'm looking forward to bringing this show to Chicago," said Wilson, adding it's a dream to celebrate the season in the Windy City with her Motown cohorts The Four Tops.

"I've been a groupie of The Four Tops," she said, laughing.

Both Wilson and the Four Tops will perform holiday favorites as well as their classic hits.

Wilson's playlist is sure to include signature Supremes tunes such as "Someday We'll Be Together," "I Hear a Symphony," "Stop in the Name of Love," "You Can't Hurry Love," and more. Four Tops favorites such as "Bernadette," "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch," "Reach Out, I'll Be There," and others are sure to be heard as well.

During a recent press conference to talk about the holiday show, Wilson said it's a joy to highlight the Motown songs and fellow Motown talents in the concert.

Both Wilson and Abdul "Duke" Fakir, a founding member of The Four Tops, spoke of the close bond the Motown artists had.

"There was a lot of competition at Motown and everyone was so talented but it was very positive at Motown," Wilson said.

Added Fakir, "It was competition in a brotherly kind of way."

Wilson said when the Supremes traveled the world to perform they were looked upon as musical ambassadors.

"We were ambassadors in the sense of what the music did for the world," Wilson said.

She said when the group broke up in the 1970s, she had to really think about what she would do next.

"It took me a long time, after the group disbanded, to decide to step out front. But I love what I do and didn't want to give it up just because someone else's dream stopped or died," Wilson said.

The Four Tops are currently celebrating 60 years in the business and Fakir said what's kept the group together is love. The group is currently comprised of original member Fakir, Lawrence Payton Jr., Ronnie McNeir and Spike Bonhart.

"We love singing and love singing with each other. We love performing. It's all about love," Fakir stressed.

Wilson's "Holiday Spectacular" is presented by Reach Out Entertainment and Starvox Entertainment and Marketing.

FYI: "Mary Wilson's Holiday Spectacular" will run December 23 through January 5, 2014 at Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St., Chicago. Tickets are $59.99 through $119.99. To purchase tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com, HarrisTheaterChicago.org or call (312) 334-7777. For more information, visit marywilsonandthefourtops.com

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