The Ensemble Theatre's new show, From My Hometown, isn't exactly a jukebox musical; it includes original music. It's also not an original musical; it uses classic soul songs from the Motown era. ''It's a celebration of classic R&B songs,'' Robert Ross, who handles audience development and public relations for the company, says, neatly skirting the issue.
The story follows three young men who arrive in New York City hoping to perform at the famed Apollo Theater. They form a group and, with each man contributing the unique style of his hometown — Detroit, Memphis and Philadelphia — create a new sound, one they hope will lead them to win a spot at the Apollo. The musical lineup includes ''(What a) Wonderful World,'' ''Hold on I'm Comin''' and ''Try a Little Tenderness.'' The trio of wannabe singing stars is played by Anthony Boggess-Glover (Sanctified) and Ron Johnson (Cinderella), both well-known to Ensemble audiences, as well as Jobari Parker-Namdar from Washington, D.C., who appears here in his first Ensemble show.
Ross promises that From My Hometown, which closes the Ensemble’s season, is a fun, entertaining show. ''Every season we really try to end on a feel-good note. We try to finish up the season on a memorable note to tide [the audience] over until we get started again.''
7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays, 3535 Main Street. For information, call 713-520-0055 or visit ensemblehouston.com. $20 to $45.
Thursdays-Sundays. Starts: June 27. Continues through July 28, 2013