By Cary Shuman
There ain’t no adjective high enough – and we hope you’ll pardon our play on Diana Ross’s No. 1 hit song – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – that can adequately describe the brilliant “Motown’s Greatest Hits – Dancing in the Streets” show March 31 at the Lynn Auditorium.
“The show was absolutely terrific,” said Edward O’Neill, who was accompanied to the show by his wife, Dorothy. “From the first song to the last, the energy in the auditorium was intense. I’ve been attending shows here for awhile and this was the best.”
The “Magnificent Seven” cast members consisting of Stephanie Guy, Quiana Holmes, Bianca Ingram, Jason Hunter, Ron Jones, Julian King, and Wayne Withers, performed exceptionally well the aforementioned Diana Ross mega-hit and many other familiar songs during the nearly two-hour song/dance fest.
The band, consisting of Michael Johnson, Eric Whatley, Anwar Marshall, and Gregory Moore, was equally brilliant with each musician getting to showcase his individual talents.
Fans were literally dancing in the aisles as the cast transitioned smoothly and wonderfully to each song and through each costume change.
The portrayal of Diana Ross and the Supremes was one of the highlights of the evening. The female cast members’ precise and powerful performance brought back great memories of the days when Ross and the group reigned majestically over the music world.
Endless Love (the theme song for a 1981 movie of the same name starring Brooke Shields and Martin Hewitt) performed by Biance Ingram and Jason Hunter, was another gem of the night.
Wayne Withers, performing as the legendary Stevie Wonder, was superb with recreations of the Four Tops, the Temptations, Smokey Robinson, also bringing cheers and standing ovations from the appreciative audience.
Dancing in the Streets was spectacular from beginning to end. Just ask anyone who enjoyed this magical evening of song and dance at the Lynn Auditorium.