Trenyce as Diana Ross in "Motown The Musical." (Michael Pool)
Trenyce as Diana Ross in "Motown The Musical." (Michael Pool)

The singer-actress Trenyce wasn’t yet born when Diana Ross — whom she plays in the latest national tour of “Motown The Musical” — was scoring some of her biggest pop hits.

But the onetime “American Idol” finalist has been around the show, and the songs of Motown, long enough to feel a kind of vicarious nostalgia for the hits of the Detroit label’s heyday.

“I think it reminds people of a particular age — of the ‘good old days,’” Trenyce says of the Broadway-bred musical, which plays Modesto’s Gallo Center for the Performing Arts January 2-4.  

“It’s an era that was life-changing — mainly for the baby boomers, but for everybody. It was a moment in time when we finally realized that no matter what color you are, we are more alike than different. 

“This show reminds you that music is universal, and if it’s a great song, it doesn’t matter the color of the songwriter or the singer.”

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