- $35 for one ticket to see Smokey Robinson (up to $70.20 value)
- When: Friday, October 3, at 8 p.m.
- Where: Genesee Theatre
- Seating: rows P–DD of the orchestra, rows J–P of the mezzanine, or rows Q–V of the balcony
- Door time: 7 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees
- Click here to view the seating chart
- A vision of life without Smokey: a world with no Motown sound, where movie soundtracks are nothing but gusts of wind and nobody understands how you could have sunshine on a cloudy day
- Smokey’s imprint on music history: he fronted The Miracles, inspired the creation of Motown Records, gave the famed label its first No. 1 R&B hit, “Shop Around,” and penned more than 4,000 other songs that laid down the blueprint for modern soul
- How the world has thanked him: by inducting him into the Rock and Roll and Songwriters Halls of Fame, bestowing him with the Grammy Living Legend Award, and having the president of the United States decorate him a National Medal of Arts award
- Songs you probably know Smokey wrote: “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me,” “Ooo Baby Baby,” “I Second That Emotion,” and “Get Ready”
- Songs you might not have known he wrote: The Temptations’ “My Girl,” Mary Wells’ “My Guy,” Marvin Gaye’s “Ain’t That Peculiar”
- What you’ll get from An Evening with Smokey Robinson: a deceptively youthful showman with a thousand-yard smile delivering one show stopper after another in an earnest and angelic tenor
Originally opened in 1927, the Genesee Theatre closed in 1989 and reopened its doors in 2001 after city funds helped 120 volunteers to restore the theater to its Gilded Age splendor. Its elegant trappings include authentic wall fabrics, an exact replica of the original marquee. But its most notable feature is the 2,200-pound chandelier, which gently spotlights the grand lobby and every audience member passing underneath to show how everyone is a star if you really think about it.
Genesee Theatre began its life with a sellout. Opening its doors on Christmas Day, 1927, it welcomed audiences to four sold-out movie screenings, but those flickering stories weren't the only attraction. A $25,000 pipe organ—and that's in old-timey dollars—immediately caught the eye, while Italian marble, a stunning chandelier, and the building's Spanish Renaissance–style architecture dazzled.
Over the years, many changes occurred, the glamorous quotient rising or dipping with the times and the theater closing altogether in 1989. But when it reopened again in 2004, it was back in full force. Antique chandeliers and fixtures of the period had been brought in from around the country, the luxe carpet had been recreated from a 1927 photograph, and all the dust bunnies had been sent packing with generous severance packages. Yet not all the updates were of the old-fashioned sort: the stage was doubled in size, and cutting-edge technology was brought in to give the theatre's high-voltage visitors, from comedians to musicians, the star treatment.