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America's Music Catalog: 'Motown the Musical' ready to groove in Chicago

America's Music Catalog: 'Motown the Musical' ready to groove in Chicago

The Motown sound stands 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.

April 17, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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OFFBEAT: Mary Wilson's new concert run with Four Tops is 'Supreme'

OFFBEAT: Mary Wilson's new concert run with Four Tops is 'Supreme'

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

December 26, 2013 12:00 am
Mary Wilson of The Supremes with The Four Tops, including Original Four Top Abdul "Duke" Fakir" (far right)

Mary Wilson of The Supremes with The Four Tops, including Original Four Top Abdul "Duke" Fakir" (far right)

Mary Wilson of The Supremes with The Four Tops, including original Four Top Abdul "Duke" Fakir" (far right) are performing together in Chicago until Jan. 5, 2014 at Harris Theater.

December 26, 2013 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Northlight's 'Detroit '67' a stage return to turbulent time

OFFBEAT: Northlight's 'Detroit '67' a stage return to turbulent time

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

December 02, 2013 12:00 am
Smokey Robinson. Maxine Powell

Smokey Robinson. Maxine Powell

In this photo provided by the Motown Museum, Smokey Robinson, right, speaks at an event honoring Maxine Powell, left, Monday, Aug. 26 at the Motown Museum in Detroit. (AP Photo/Motown Museum, Andre Smith)

August 30, 2013 12:00 am
Robinson pays tribute to Motown's chief of charm

Robinson pays tribute to Motown's chief of charm

She didn't sing a note or write a lick of a lyric, but Smokey Robinson contends that Maxine Powell was as essential to Motown Records' operation as the legendary label's songwriters, producers and musicians.

August 30, 2013 12:00 am
60-SOMETHING: I think I'm gonna have to get a job

60-SOMETHING: I think I'm gonna have to get a job

Recently the U.S. Government Accountability Office released a study: "Unemployed Older Workers: Many Face Long-Term Joblessness and Reduced Retirement Security." Other recent studies concurred. I am waiting for a more realistic title like, "You're Old, You're Fat, and You're Not As Gorgeous …

July 30, 2013 8:30 am Related
Princess Anne Meets The Supremes in London

Princess Anne Meets The Supremes in London

England's Princess Anne, 18, greets The Supremes, after their Royal variety performance at the London Palladium on Nov. 18, 1968. From left, the singers are: Diana Ross, Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson.

June 16, 2013 12:00 am
Motown founder readies for 'last major endeavor'

Motown founder readies for 'last major endeavor'

For Berry Gordy, conquering Broadway is the next — and by his own admission, last — major milestone of a magical, musical career.

March 12, 2013 12:00 am
Leads, director of Motown musical visit Hitsville

Leads, director of Motown musical visit Hitsville

The stars of the upcoming Broadway musical about Motown Records have read pretty much every book about and listened to every song from that golden era of American music.

November 30, 2012 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Chicago Black Ensemble Theater run of 'The Marvin Gaye Story' riveting

OFFBEAT: Chicago Black Ensemble Theater run of 'The Marvin Gaye Story' riveting

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

July 13, 2012 12:00 am
Dancing grandmas putting Gary on the map

Dancing grandmas putting Gary on the map

Walk into Lois Jackson's home in Gary's Glen Park neighborhood on Wednesday evening and you know you are among family. The cackling of mothers, grandmothers and wives in the living room can be heard from the porch. The smell of a turkey roasting in the oven greets you at the door.

September 25, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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VIDEO: Behind the scenes with The Whitney Nots

VIDEO: Behind the scenes with The Whitney Nots

Four Gary women have turned a lip-sync act, The Whitney Nots, into one of the most electric performances in Northwest Indiana.

September 25, 2011 12:00 am
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