‘Motown: The Musical’ Opens at Benedum; South Side’s Nakama Serves Steak, Sushi, and Showmanship (Tues., 11/21/17)

 

1) With Motown: The Musical, The Temptations for word-play are endless. One could say it’s loaded with Miracles, or call it Supreme. Maybe you know about the show because you Heard It through the Grapevine. The national touring production brings a cast of today’s actors to the Benedum Center to play (and sing) the roles of Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, and other stars from Detroit’s iconic record label. Based loosely on the autobiography of Motown founder Berry Gordy, the musical received four Tony nominations in 2013. It includes over 60 songs, from “Dancing in the Street” to Edwin Starr’s 1970 chart-topper “War”—and though most are abridged versions, that’s a lotta Motown. 7:30 p.m. Performances continue through November 26. 237 7th St., Cultural District. (MV)

The Supremes in the touring production of 'Motown the Musical.' Photo: Trust Arts.

The Supremes in the touring production of ‘Motown the Musical.’ Photo: Trust Arts.

2) Nakama Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar is one of the most acclaimed restaurants in Pittsburgh, having amassed more than two dozen “Best of” awards from local publications and nearly 50 people’s choice awards—all since they opened their doors in 2003. The hibachi restaurant owes the accolades to its unique combination of high-quality ingredients, memorable flavors, and the impeccable showmanship of the chefs. Each has his or her own repertoire of tricks, so the experience is different every time. The grills seat up to 12, so you can go with a group or go it alone and make new friends. The front half of the restaurant is a great hangout spot with a full-service bar, TV screens tuned to the night’s sports action, and a sushi bar that can make you any of several dozen traditional or house specialty rolls. 1611 E. Carson St., South Side. There is also a Nakama in the North Hills. (CM)