Why See Motown - The Musical?
Get Ready for Motown!
The story of the label that changed music - and the world! A sensation when it opened on Broadway in 2013, Motown was nominated for four Tonys and spawned a North American tour which is still going to this day. The original director of the New York production Charles Randolph-Wright crosses the pond to helm this London production.
Adapted by label founder Berry Gordy from his own autobiography To Be Loved, this dazzling show takes the audience on a colorful, mile-a-minute musical odyssey, with the talented cast playing everyone from The Supremes to The Jackson 5. The score contains over 50 of the label's best known tunes, including Ain't No Mountain High Enough, ABC, Stop! In the Name of Love, The Tears of A Clown, You've Really Got A Hold On Me and many, many more.
What is Motown About?
Motown has been home to some of the most illustrious artists of all time, from Stevie Wonder to Diana Ross, but the label's importance is far greater than the music alone. Founded in 1959 by Berry Gordy, Motown challenged America's cultural and racial attitudes, helping to unite a divided nation during a tumultuous time in its history. Gordy guides you through Motown's (and his own personal) history, ably soundtracked by the label's roster of iconic acts.
Did You Know?
Berry Gordy nearly turned down the Jackson Five, because he didn't want to work with kids. It was Gladys Knight who eventually pursuaded him to sign them, a year later!
Previews from: 11 February 2016
Performance date: 8 March 2016
Suitable for audiences of all ages
And before you stop reading
Images are from the Broadway production
Cast and Creative
David Albury as Smokey Robinson
Kayi Ushe as Marvin Gaye
Cedric Neal as Berry Gordy
Lucy St Louis as Diana Ross
Nana Agymanbediako, Raphael Higgins- Humes, Rio Myers and Tumo Reetsanf, Cruz Lee-Ojo as Young Berry/Stevie/Michael
Ensemble & Swing
KM Drew Boetang, Ryan Carter, Samuel Edwards, Vanessa Fisher, Dujonna Gift-Simms, Simon Ray Harvey, Terique Jarret, Cameron Bernard Jones, Cleopatra Joseph, Wilson Kiiru, Natasha Leaver, Simone Mistry-Palmer, Kieran McGinn, Samuel Nicolas, Brianna Ogunbawo, Matt Overfield, Jay Perry, Timothy Quinlan, Sharon Rose, Lawrence Rowe, Ashley Samuels, Brandon Lee Sears, Carl Spencer, Alex Thomas-Smith, Cherelle Williams, Richard Taylor Woods, Michael Woolston-Thomas, and Jayme-Lee Zanoncelli.
Book by Berry Gordy
Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright
Choreography by Patricia Wilcox and Warren Adams
Scenic design by David Korins
Costume design by ESosa
Lighting design by Natasha Katz
Sound design by Peter Hylenski
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Those that are in it for the music will be left feeling very satisfied!
You can tell Motown - The Musical has had a lot of time to practise before its West End debut. It was on Broadway for almost two years, it's currently on its second US-wide tour, and is due to return to Broadway later this year. This well-oiledRead full review
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