Motown the Musical

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Inspired by Berry Gordy’s autobiography “To Be Loved: The Music, The Magic, The Memories of Motown”, Motown the Musical charts the ups and downs of the celebrated record producer’s personal and professional relationships with the legendary Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, and many more; artists renowned for their stunning contribution to soul music.

Motown the Musical is performed by an eighteen piece orchestra and comprised of over 50 Motown tracks, including “Dancing in the Street”, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, “I Heard It through the Grapevine” and “My Girl”. The show was nominated for four Tony Awards while on Broadway and, since opening in 2016 in the West End’s Shaftesbury Theatre, has continued to successfully bring to life one of the most influential eras in music history.

Motown the Musical provides insight into how Berry Gordy, who started with just $800 in the bank, went from being a featherweight boxer to a heavyweight music mogul. The musical begins in 1983 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium where some of the world's biggest recording stars are gathered to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Motown Records. Gordy refuses to join the reunion, still hurt that his protégés eventually abandoned him for greener pastures – in Diana Ross’s case, a $20 million offer from RCA records.

Told through flashbacks, Gordy's fame grows swiftly during the 1960s and his record label draws in names like Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. Soon, with America socially charged and racially divided, Gordy realises Motown’s true calling: to unite the country through music. Gordy went on to produce 110 top 10 hits from 1961 to 1971 as well as releasing three of Martin Luther King’s speeches.

This is Broadway actor Cedric Neal’s West End debut as Berry Gordy. Joining him are Lucy St Louis as Diana Ross, Obioma Ugoala as Smokey Robinson and Sifiso Mazibuko as Marvin Gaye. They are supported by a cast of 30 who bring Gordy’s story to life with sass, style and soul. The production is directed by Charles Randolph-Wright with choreography by Patricia Wilcox and Warren Adams.

Motown The Musical is taking bookings until 5 January 2019, when the show will celebrate its third year in London and Motown will celebrate sixty years since the record company was founded.

Book your Motown the Musical tickets, playing at The Shaftesbury Theatre today.

Motown the Musical running time: 
2 hours 45 minutes
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Motown the Musical tells the story of Motown founder Berry Gordy who is inspired to become a music mogul after he watches an iconic boxing match and turns his attentions to being the best version of himself possible. As he turns his back on boxing, he borrows $800 from his family to set up Hitsville USA - a Detroit town house that would go on to discover original songwriting and performing talent. Acts such as The Supremes, The Jackson 5 and The Temptations would enter unknowns and leave as stars, with personalities such as Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye furthering the Motown Records profile.

As Gordy's success builds and he breeds competition amongst his acts, he struggles to keep control of his business and his personal life as he falls in love with Diana Ross. Through the power of music, Motown the Musical tells this unknown story that links together some of the most iconic performers music has ever seen, set against a time that saw the assassinations of Martin Luther King and JFK as well as the War in Vietnam and race riots. Discover the true story behind the music and acts you thought you knew, whilst remembering the soundtrack that defined a generation.

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Based on the book 'To Be Loved: The Music, The Magic, The Memories of Motown' by Berry Gordy, featuring music from Motown Records
Director:
Charles Randolph-Wright
Cast list:
Jay Perry (Berry Gordy), Natalie Kassanga (Diana Ross), David Albury (Smokey Robinson) and Carl Spencer (Marvin Gaye). The ensemble includes: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, Nathan Lorainey-Dineen, Mireia Mambo, Matt Overfield, Adam Philpott, Ainsley Hall Ricketts, Lawrence Rowe, Jaime Tait, Kyle Turner, Anna Van Ruiten, Cherelle Williams, Lashane Williams, Michael Woolston-Thomas, Jayme-Lee Zanoncelli and Mitchell Zhangazha.

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Latest Motown the Musical News & Features

Motown the Musical to close in the West End next year
Thursday, August 16, 2018

The West End production of Motown the Musical will close at the Shaftesbury Theatre next April after a run that has lasted more than three years. With a book by the founder of the Motown record label Berry Gordy, the musical, which features songs from across the label’s back catalogue, opened at the theatre in February 2016 starring Cedric Neal, Lucy St. Louis, Sifiso Mazibuko, and Obioma Ugoala. It is set to play its final performance in the West End on 20th April 2019.

Interview - Natalie Kassanga on playing Diana Ross in Motown the Musical
Thursday, March 29, 2018

A fresh cast are settling in to their new home at the Shaftesbury Theatre, as Motown enters its third year in the West End. Among them, Natalie Kassanga, who returns to the West End for the first time since she was a child to take on The Supremes leading lady, Diana Ross. We spoke to Kassanga about being back on stage, playing Ross and the challenges that come with that, and what her dream jukebox musical would be. If you’re yet to see the show or want to return, you can save up to 37% when you buy Motown tickets before 30th April. Click here to find out more.

New cast announced for Motown the Musical in the West End
Friday, February 9, 2018

A new cast has been announced for Motown the Musical, currently running at the Shaftesbury Theatre in the West End.  The musical is about the successes of the Motown music label, as some of their biggest stars - including Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, the Supremes and Diana Ross - gather to celebrate the label’s 25th anniversary. It features musical numbers such as “ABC”, “Super Freak”, “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me” and “Happy Birthday”. 

Interview with Motown's Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson, Kayi Ushe and David Albury
Thursday, September 28, 2017

Audiences have been enjoying the music of Motown at the Shaftesbury Theatre since last May. Featuring the music from the likes of Diana Ross and the Supremes, Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 and Stevie Wonder, the musical tells the tale of Berry Gordy and how he founded the Motown record label with an $800 loan from his family. We caught up with Kayi Ushe and David Albury, who play Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson in the musical.   Motown the Musical is our currently our Show of the Month. Book tickets for Motown before the end of September and save up to 37%.

David Albury and Kayi Ushe
Motown the Musical extends and will welcome new Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye
Friday, July 21, 2017

Producers of the West End production of Motown the Musical have announced that the show has extended its booking period through to 5 January 2019 at the Shaftesbury Theatre, as the show celebrates its third year in London and as Motown itself celebrates 60 years since the iconic record company was founded. In addition, from 4 September 2017, the West End cast will welcome new members David Albury as Smokey Robinson and Kayi Ushe as Marvin Gaye. David Albury & Kayi Ushe

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