Motown the Musical

Motown the Musical Tickets

Shaftesbury Theatre
West End
2 hours 30 minutes

With just $800 borrowed from his family, Motown founder Berry Gordy, goes from featherweight boxer to heavyweight music mogul, discovering and launching the careers of Diana Ross and the Supremes, Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Marvin Gaye and many more. Motown The Musical uncovers the story of the legendary record label that changed music history and created the soundtrack of a generation.

Featuring an eighteen piece orchestra playing 50 Motown tracks including “My Girl”, “Dancing In The Street”, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”, Motown The Musical is a musical sensation with real soul.


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Motown the Musical Synopsis: 

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.

Based on the book 'To Be Loved: The Music, The Magic, The Memories of Motown' by Berry Gordy, featuring music from Motown Records
Charles Randolph-Wright
Cast list: 
Cedric Neal leads the cast in the role of Berry Gordy, alongside Lucy St. Louis as Diana Ross. American Charl Brown recreates his Tony-nominated role of Smokey Robinson, bringing his experience with the Broadway cast to the West End stage. They are joined by Sifiso Mazibuko (Marvin Gaye), Keisha Amponsa Banson (Mary Wells), Cindy Belliot (Anna Gordy), Samuel Edwards (Jackie Wilson), Tanya Nicole Edwards (Florence Ballard), Portia Harry (Teena Marie), Aisha Jawando (Martha Reeves), Joshua Liburd (Eddie Kendricks), Simeon Montague (Jermaine Jackson), Cleopatra Rey (Gladys Knight), Brandon Lee Sears (Tito Jackson), Jordan Shaw (Stevie Wonder) and Cherelle Williams (Mary Wilson).
Motown the Musical Schedule
Previews from: 
Thursday, 11 February, 2016
Opening date: 
Tuesday, 8 March, 2016
Available from: 
Monday, 26 September, 2016
Booking to: 
Saturday, 28 October, 2017
210 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8DP
Nearest tube:
Tottenham Court Road

Latest Motown the Musical News & Features

Friday, May 20, 2016
Motown The Musical extends to October 2017

It has also been announced that Obioma Ugoala will join the cast in the role of Smokey Robinson from 4 July 2016.

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