PREVIEW: Magic of Mowtown, Sunderland Empire

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THE Magic of Motown will be raising the roof at the Empire this weekend.

Celebrating 50 years of UK number one hit singles, the show is coming to town with its all-new Baby Love Tour.

In 1964, The Supremes rocketed to the top of the British singles chart with the song Baby Love. Incredibly, 100 more worldwide Motown number ones followed The Supremes’ lead.

Direct from the USA, The Magic of Motown features 36 back-to-back massive Motown hits.

Show producer Michael Taylor said: “Five-star performances authentically revive the style and sophistication of all your favourite Detroit legends.

“This year we’re proud to announce that the show will include more number one hits than ever before.”

Chart toppers from the Temptations, Four Tops, Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Lionel Richie and, of course, The Supremes are among the classic songs revived.

Michael added: “As well as dazzling dance moves and glittering costumes galore, the elusive, authentic sound of Motown is recreated by our incredible Magic of Motown band.”

The group, especially put together for the show, are now celebrating their 10th year together.

In 1964, Motown crossed the Atlantic to become a musical phenomenon on these shores. The label’s touring concert show, the Motown Revue, starring Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, the Temptations, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, (Little) Stevie Wonder and Diana Ross and the Supremes, paved the way for Motown’s chart-storming success in the UK.

•Tickets for the show are £24.50 from Tel. 0844 871 3022 or www.sunderlandempire.org.uk.