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Review: 'Motown' musical big on songs, light story

Monday - 4/15/2013, 2:23pm  ET

This theater image released by Boneau/Bryan-Brown shows, from left, Sydney Morton as Forence Ballard, Valisia LeKae as Diana Ross and Ariana DeBose as Mary Wilson of The Supremes in "Motown: The Musical," performing at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York. (AP Photo/Boneau/Bryan-Brown, Joan Marcus)

MARK KENNEDY
AP Drama Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- There are 36 songs in the new Broadway show "Motown: The Musical." Actually, that's just in the first act -- 36 songs, not including a reprise of "You're Nobody 'til Somebody Loves You." It's like a jukebox went completely haywire.

To be sure, the songs are probably the best America has ever produced: "War," ''What's Going On?" ''My Girl," ''You've Really Got a Hold on Me," ''Dancing in the Streets" and "Ain't Too Proud to Beg." But, still, 36? In comparison, "The Book of Mormon" has what now seems like a stingy 16 songs in total.

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