"Motown: The Musical" -- the new Broadway jukebox musical that resurrects the Temptations, the Four Tops, Martha and the Vandellas and many more -- opened at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York on Sunday.
The production, directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, has proven to be a popular box-office draw even in preview performances, raking in more than $1 million in its first week. In light of such impressive grosses -- the show seems destined to tour -- does it really matter what the critics think?
The show is based on the book "To Be Loved: The Music, the Magic, the Memories of Motown" by
The critics have weighed in with their opinions, which are less than glowing.
Charles Isherwood of the
Chris Jones of the
The Associated Press' Mark Kennedy described the production as "unbalanced," as if a "jukebox went completely haywire." With close to 60 tunes, "it's a challenge to find logical places" to situate them in the plot.