The Motown sound embraced performers from soul, pop, and R & B backgrounds, though it cruelly rejected mountains, valleys, and rivers for their insufficient height, depth, and width. Revisit a beloved musical landscape with this GrouponLive deal to see Smokey Robinson Presents Human Nature: "The Motown Show" at The Beacon Theatre. For $22, you get one ticket for balcony, loge, or orchestra seating on Sunday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m. (up to a $58 value, including all fees).
Twenty-two years ago in Sydney, Australia, then-high-school students Andrew Tierney, Mike Tierney, Phil Burton, and Toby Allen were drawn together by an anachronistic passion for Motown and doo-wop. Nine albums and a 2.5-year residency in Las Vegas later, the fresh-faced foursome are touring the land that spawned the music they love with a tour presented by Smokey Robinson, who joined in on the recording of "Get Ready" on their new album, The Motown Record, and also helped polish production values and fend off mood-killingly weepy clowns. Other classics in the quartet's repertoire include "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," "Dancing in the Street," and an a capella take on "Just My Imagination."
Heavy, ornate, and encrusted in light, the marquee above The Beacon Theatre recalls an elegant but glamorous era in American entertainment history. Built in 1929 as the older sister to Radio City Music Hall, the 2,600-seat auditorium boasts flawless acoustics and soft chandelier lighting as dance, theater, and music spectacles delight audiences on three expansive auditorium levels.