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New Smokey Robinson show comes to Elks

Show goes through his career, performer says

Ira Hill is set to perform “Cruisin’ – The Music of Smokey Robinson” at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center Friday, Oct. 12. (Trish Thayer/Courtesy)

Ira Hill is set to perform “Cruisin’ – The Music of Smokey Robinson” at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center Friday, Oct. 12. (Trish Thayer/Courtesy)

Lonely Street Productions is bringing its brand new show, “Cruisin’ – The Music of Smokey Robinson” to the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center Friday, Oct. 12.

The show came about when performer Ira Hill was doing the Christmas Rat Pack show, Hill said. At that point, it was an idea but they weren’t able to find the right person to do it, he said. After the Christmas show however, they thought he might be the right choice, Hill said.

Included in the set are some of Robinson’s classic songs as well as some of the songs he wrote for other performers, Hill said.

“He wrote for everyone in Motown basically,” he said. “So we’re going to be doing a mix of some of those songs that were performed by other artists and some of the songs that he did when he was in The Miracles.”

Songs include “Crusin,” “Going to a Go-Go,” “Mickey’s Monkey” and “Ooo Baby, Bay,” Hill said, noting that “Ooo Baby, Baby is his favorite to perform. It’s a beautiful song and it was one of his favorites even before they did the show, he said.

Lonely Street Production’s musical producer Alex Mack put the set list together and made it into a chronological story of Robinson’s career, Hill said.

“He knows a lot about music and music history so he’s familiar with the hits and the songs that people like,” he said. “We started with some of his early songs that he did in his early days with The Miracles and it just moves up from there in the early ’60s and mid-’60s into the ’70s and to the ’80s with his solo hits. It’s basically like a story.”

Tickets for the 7 p.m. show are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and $30 for opera box seats and can be purchased online at www.prescottelkstheater.com, by calling 928-777-1370 or at the door one hour prior to the performance.

The performance as a whole is an entertaining night taking people back with some quality musicians and music, Hill said.

For more information about “Cruisin’ – The Music of Smokey Robinson,” visit www.prescottelkstheater.com.