City Slang: Mosaic Youth Theater revives Now That I Can Dance
On Friday, May 11, the Mosaic Youth Theater of Detroit will conclude its 20th Celebration season by reviving the musical Now That I Can Dance â€“ Motown 1962.
The show will run for two consecutive weekends from May 11th thru May 20th at the Detroit Film Theatre at the DIA.
According to the press release, â€śWritten by Mosaic Founder and CEO, Rick Sperling, the idea for Now That I Can Dance â€“ Motown 1962 took root 20 years ago â€“ right around the time he was starting Mosaic. During a visit to the Motown Historical Museum, Sperling noticed a picture of four teenage girls. Their youthful exuberance and playful energy mirrored that of Mosaicâ€™s young performers. The caption on the photo read, â€śThe Marvelettes.â€ť For Rick, that photo was tangible proof that it was possible for talented Detroit-area young people to change the world, just as the women in that photo had. â€ś
â€śNow That I Can Dance recounts the early days of Motown, before Diana Ross reigned supreme, Little Stevie became a legend, and five young girls from Inkster, Michigan, (the ones in the photo still adorning Sperlingâ€™s office wall) were destined to make musical history. When the Marvelettes recorded Motownâ€™s first No. 1 pop hit, â€śPlease Mr. Postmanâ€ť in 1962, most of its artists â€“ The Supremes, The Marvelettes, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, The Contours and Stevie Wonder â€“ were between the ages of 12 and 21, the same age as Mosaicâ€™s young artists.â€ť
Now That I Can Dance â€“ Motown 1962 is performed at the Detroit Film Theatre inside the DIA, 5200 Woodward Ave. Detroit, MI 48202 (John R. Entrance) Performances of Now That I Can Dance take place at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 11th and 18th and Saturday, May 12th and 19th and at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 13th and 20th. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $12 for students and seniors with valid ID. Tickets can be purchased online at the Mosaic websiteor at the DIA box office by calling (313) 833-4005. For group discount information, call (313) 872-6910 ext 4024. All shows are general admission. Children under 5 are not admitted.