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The Soul of Motor City

Kevin Black’s The Soul of Motor City, which will open at Stage Door Theatre on June 10th and run through July 17th, is the happy realization of a personal goal for the multi-talented director/choreographer.  The tunes that came out of The Motor City were timeless songs that have impacted generation after generation.  Although they’re often remembered as “feel-good” dance hits, The Soul of Motor City focuses on the lyrics of these now classic tunes. As Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell put it so succinctly – “Ain’t Nuthin’ Like The Real Thing.”  And the six performers in The Soul of Motor City are the real thing!

“After 25 years of directing and producing shows that have played all over the world, I finally have the opportunity to create a show featuring my absolute favorite style of music, the songs from The Motor City – Detroit!” he explains. “Those great songs – classics like “What’s Going On”, “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg”, and “Can’t Get Next To You” couldn’t have originated anywhere else but in Detroit – a city that may be known for the start of the American automotive industry, but will forever be remembered for its unmistakable sound. “Starting in the early 50s, soulful music came pouring out of basements onto the streets of Detroit,” he continues.  “Young singers were forming groups that would become known to the world as The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Marvelettes, The Jackson Five and The Supremes; multi-talented artists like “Little” Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Mary Wells, Smokey Robinson, and even The Queen of Soul herself – Ms. Aretha Franklin – all got their start in Detroit.

The cast of The Soul of Motor City includes Mimi J, whose performance in Black’s recent production of On the Radio at Stage Door had audiences on their feet every night, Jar’Davion Brown, Gabrielle Graham, Joshua Graham, Elijah Word, and Alexandra Lugo who has received glowing reviews for her work in Putting It Together, now playing in Stage Door’s Theatre 1.

The Soul of Motor City will run from June 10 – July 19 at Stage Door Theatre in Margate. The theatre is located at 8036 Sample Road, in Margate. Tickets for The Soul of Motor City are $38 – $42; $16 student tickets are also available.  Tickets may be purchased at the Broward Stage Door Theatre box office at 954-344-7765 or on line at For more information about The Soul of Motor City and/or Stage Door Theatre, please visit .