If you haven’t seen Motown: The Musical get off this site and buy a ticket. The show has left Broadway for the road and Alison Semmes and Martina Sykes are part of the show and Sykes is particularly happy about the show’s current tour stop – it’s her hometown of Tampa, Florida.
There are eight shows in Tampa and Sykes and Semmes are dancing, singing, and wigging their way through four decades of Motown. The show has the unique distinction of being the Broadway show that has the most wigs!
Sykes plays four characters – Cindy Birdsong, one of the Vandellas, Mary Wells and Gwen Gordy as well as a narrator. Semmes plays Diana Ross.
“They’re incredible. They vary from city to city,” says Sykes of the crowds that have come out to see the show. But Detroit, where it all started was particularly special as Stevie Wonder showed up and sang “I Wish” at the end of the show. “I didn’t sing, we just jumped up and down.”
Sykes says that she’s all out of tickets in Tampa, especially as her father, Rev. Dr. Sykes is a pastor at St. Petersburg’s Bethel Community Church. But the congregation did buy 85 tickets to come see the show.
Motown: The Musical is coming back to Broadway this summer but is heading through Tennessee, Texas, Georgia, Ohio, and Kentucky among other cities through June 26. Click HERE to see if it’s heading to your city and to get more information on the second Broadway run.
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Meet Ev’ry Listener Tour 2015: Week 3
43 photos Launch gallery
1. Uncle Luke and Tom Joyner at the Hard Rock in Hollywood, FL!
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2. The TJMS Tour live from the Hard Rock in Hollywood, FL!
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3. The #TJMSTour In Port St. Lucie
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4. The #TJMSTour In Port St. Lucie
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5. The #TJMSTour In Port St. Lucie
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6. The #TJMSTour In Port St. Lucie
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7. The #TJMSTour In Port St. Lucie
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8. The #TJMSTour In Port St. Lucie
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9. Tuskegee Time: Tom meets with some fellow alumni from his favorite HBCU.
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10. J. makes friends in Tampa, Florida.
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11. Sybil meets up with some new friends in Tampa.
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12. J. loves the ladies everywhere but especially in Tampa, Florida.
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13. Sybil, Tom and J. are having good times in Tampa, Florida.
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14. J. meets a lovely listener.
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15. Tom snaps a fan with a listener in Tampa!
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16. Tom, Sybil, J. Anthony Brown and Damon Williams snap a photo in Tampa, FL!
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17. Tom meets Jacquelyn Johnson, Kendrick Johnson's mother, In Valdosta, Ga.
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18. J. greets a young football player in Valdosta, Ga.
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19. TJMS fans greet J., Sybil and Tom as they enter the TJMS luncheon in Valdosta, Ga.
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20. Listeners line up to break bread with the TJMS crew in Valdosta, Ga.
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21. Selfie queen Sybil strikes a pose in Valdosta, Ga.
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22. Listeners come out to greet Tom Joyner in Valdosta, Ga.
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23. J. gets down with listeners at the TJMS Happy Hour in Valdosta, Ga.
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24. Tom Joyner meets a lovely listener in Valdosta, Ga.
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25. J. greets a listener at the TJMS Happy Hour in Valdosta, GA.
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26. Sybil is making friends at the TJMS Happy Hour in Valdosta, GA.
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27. Security is serious in Valdosta, Ga.
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28. Tom flicks it up with a listener at the TJMS Happy Hour in Valdosta, Ga.
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29. Tom gives out hugs and kisses to listeners in Columbus, GA.
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30. J. and Sybil meet listeners at lunch in Columbus, Ga.
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31. J. serves the troops attending lunch during the TJMS Meet Ev'ry Listener tour in Columbus, GA.
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32. Sybil serves lunch with a smile at the TJMS Meet Ev'ry Listener Tour in Columbus, GA.
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33. Tom Joyner's most dedicated fan in Columbus, GA shows off her handiwork.
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34. The TJMS supports the U.S military keeping us safe around the world.
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35. Bring it in....Tom gives good hugs in Columbus, GA.
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36. Miss Columbus poses by the TJMS Mobile! Honk if you see it on the road!
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37. The troops enjoy lunch courtesy of the Tom Joyner Morning Show.
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38. We're proud of all of our active duty military!
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39. Say cheese! Sybil poses with a listener.
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40. Sybil takes selfies with some lucky listeners.
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41. The Men of Omega Psi Phi in Columbus, GA.
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42. Tom is presented with a gift from a member of Omega Psi Phi.
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43. Tom poses proudly with the Lambda Iota chapter of Omega Psi Phi in Columbus, GA.
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