The sights and sounds of Diana Ross and the Supremes, and Motown are coming to Altoona.
From the producers of "Oh What a Night! A Musical Tribute to Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons" and P&J Productions comes "Supreme Reflections: A Loving Tribute to the Music of Diana Ross and The Supremes."
The musical-comedy revue from Las Vegas will visit the Mishler for two showings, on June 27 and June 28.
Starring in “Supreme Reflections: A Loving Tribute to the Music of Diana Ross &?The Supremes” are (from left) Tai Lewis, Wendy Edmead and Marianne?Lewis. The show will be performed June 27 and 28 at the Mishler Theatre, Altoona.
Diana Ross, Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson made up The Supremes, which were first a quartet known as the Primettes, according to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Supremes were signed in 1961, and between 1964 and 1969 went on to have a dozen No. 1 hits, including "Come See About Me," "Stop! In the Name of Love" and "I Hear a Symphony."
The song "Where Did Our Love Go" was their first No. 1 hit, which was released 50 years ago, Motown producer and creative consultant of the Supremes show George Solomon said. Wilson is currently promoting the anniversary.
The group, which had different members through the years, officially changed its name to Diana Ross and the Supremes in 1967, according to the Hall of Fame. Ross, who went on to have a successful solo career, left the group in 1970. The Supremes officially disbanded in 1977.
If you go
What: "Supreme Reflections: A Loving Tribute to the Music of Diana Ross and the Supremes"
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 27 and Saturday, June 28
Where: Mishler Theatre, Altoona
Tickets: $25, which includes box office handling fees. Available at 944-9434, or visit mishlertheatre.org.
Solomon, who has worked with members of the group, and award-winning producer/director Michael Chapman wrote and directed "Supreme Reflections" with Paul Holmquist as choreographer.
The show stars Wendy Edmead, who does most of the Ross songs, Tai Lewis and Marianne Lewis, who are not related.
Solomon, a historian, hosts and narrates the show. Guest star Michael Ren will also perform classic Motown hits during the show.
"Supreme Reflections: A Loving Tribute to the Music of Diana Ross and The Supremes" is a "top of the line tribute show," Will Jones of P&J Productions said. "I think people are really going to enjoy it."
Bringing such "high-quality" and affordable shows to the area is important to P&J Productions, he said.
Solomon has "always felt that the Supremes were under estimated as far as their contribution," he said. "And I love that when people see our show it's almost like a documentary of their life and their accomplishments and after the show people say, 'I had no idea they were that important,' or they did that or they broke down that door or they broke down that color barrier ... I think people don't realize just how popular the Supremes were in their time and how much of an influence, especially Diana Ross, has had. And I really like that our show has brought that to the attention of so many people who have seen it."
The show spans three decades, delving into the '60s, '70s and '80s, including Ross' solo career, he said.
"It's a fashion show, as well. And I think that people love reliving the decades as we go from year to year," Solomon said.
Diana Ross and the Supremes were the first to bring costume designer Bob Mackie into the spotlight, a press release said.
The "eclectic show" is also "very humorous," and they try to put on a show similar to those from that era, Solomon said.
"That's what we did with 'Oh What a Night!' and that's definitely what we do with 'Supreme Reflections' - lots of laughs, lots of choreography, lots of costume changes, so that the audience isn't just attending a concert, they're really attending an all-around show. And it's great for all ages."
Of what the audience will get from the show, Solomon said, "I know it's going to be like a party. They're not only going to have an all-around, feel-good show, they're going to leave the theater feeling great and they're going to leave the theater with a new appreciation of Diana Ross and the Supremes and Motown."
Mirror Staff Writer Amanda Gabeletto is at 949-7030. Follow Amanda Gabeletto on Twitter (@AmandaGabeletto) or on Facebook (Amanda Gabeletto Altoona Mirror).