Sunday, February 20, 2011

Motown 30: What's Goin' On! (1990) (TV)

A music special commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Motown recording label. The program features recording artists, as well as comedians and actors who have been influenced by the Motown sound. Taped before an audience at the world famous Pantages Theatre, this is a live musical tribute celebrating the achievements of entertainers from the late 1950s to 1990.

Personally, this is one of my favorites. A fantastic line-up with everyone's favorite, Whoopi as our host. From the first seconds the excitement builds as a full-blown college marching band comes down Vine and takes a raucous and rowdy left on Hollywood Boulevard aiming for their eventual target, the Pantages Theatre. And no side door cast and crew entrance here, this marching band goes through the front doors, into the lobby and down the main aisle blasting and blairin'. One of the all-time classic entries, from the opening shot it runs over 3 minutes! And this is before any musical acts, before the first words are spoken. Which, by the way, are hilarious. You'll understand, it's classic Whoopi. Anything, and I mean ANYTHING with both Gladys and Patti is okay in this household.

Motown 30: What's Goin' On! (1990) (TV)
Cast: Brandon Quintin Adams, Debbie Allen, Michael Bolton, Tracy Chapman, Natalie Cole, Kim Coles, Terence Trent D'Arby, Wilhelmenia Fernandez, The Four Tops, Whoopi Goldberg, Robert Guillaume, Heavy D, Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle, Smokey Robinson, Sinbad, Meshach Taylor, The Temptations, Lily Tomlin, Robert Townsend, Denzel Washington, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Stevie Wonder

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