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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 colourful, 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.
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.
Berry Gordy nearly turned down the Jackson Five, because he didn't want to work with kids. It was Gladys Knight who eventually persuaded him to sign them, a year later!
Previews from: 11 February 2016
Opening night: 8 March 2016
Suitable for audiences of all ages
Two hours and 30 minutes with one interval
Images are from the Broadway production
David Albury as Smokey Robinson
Carl Spencer as Marvin Gaye
Jay Perry as Berry Gordy
Natalie Kassanga as Diana Ross
Cruz Lee-Ojo and Tumo Reetsang as Young Berry/Stevie/Michael
Ensemble & Swing
Chanice Alexandra-Burnett, KM Drew Boateng, Timothy Benjamin, Ryan Carter, Ricardo Castro, Amandla Elynah, Livvy Evans, Segun Fawole, Angela Marie Hurst, Cameron Bernard Jones, Cleopatra Joseph, Duane Lamonte, Nathan Lorainey-Dineen, Mireia Mambo, Matt Overfield, Adam Philpott, Ainsley Hall Ricketts, Lawrence Rowe, Nate Simpson, Jaime Tait, Kyle Turner, Anna Van Ruiten, Cherelle Williams, Lashane Williams, Michael Woolston-Thomas, Jayme-Lee Zanoncelli and Mitchell Zhangazha.
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
colourful Fun ENTERTAINING
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-oiled jukebox mRead full review
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