As we’re nearing the end of Black History Month, a very special rebroadcast will be airing on stations nationwide on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 8:00 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. CT for the first time since it debuted in 1983. Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever will return to television for the first time in over 30 years, to celebrate the month. Motown 25 holds reunions of some of the best R&B groups in music history, and of course moonwalk by the legendary Michael Jackson.
The Motown legacy was born on May 26, 1983 on NBC during Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever.
On that night, superstars such as Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Mary Wilson, Smokey Robinson, The Jackson 5 and more took the stage in honor of Motown. Michael Jackson unveiled his moonwalk for the very first time that night, as he earned the King of Pop title. Motown 25 won an Emmy for Outstanding Variety Program and a Peabody Award, and the Broadway edition was Tony-nominated. Executive Producer of Motown 25 Suzanne de Passe touched on the exciting news, stating, With the popularity of ‘Motown The Musical’, which continues to open in major markets across the U.S., and the program’s recent success on DVD, there’s never been a better time to re-air the original broadcast. Whether you’re discovering that incredible night of music for the very first time, or are a huge fan of Motown whose been eagerly awaiting the show’s return to TV, ‘Motown 25′ offers a lifetime of magic and memories for everyoneâ€.
There will also be repeat showings throughout march on public television stations nationwide, be sure to check your local public listings for more details.
Check out the video of Jackson’s epic moonwalk below.