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Motown the Musical extends booking at the Shaftesbury Theatre
The jukebox musical celebrates its first birthday in the West End.
Producers of the West End production of Motown the Musical have announced that the show has extended its booking period to 24 February 2018 as the show celebrates its first birthday in London.
From 7 March 2017 the West End cast will include Cedric Neal as Berry Gordy, Lucy St. Louis as Diana Ross, Obioma Ugoala as Smokey Robinson and Sifiso Mazibuko as Marvin Gaye.
The ensemble will include: Cameron Bernard Jones, Ryan Carter, KM Drew Boateng, Samuel Edwards, Dujonna Gift-Simms, Vanessa Fisher, Terique Jarrett, Cleopatra Joseph, Wilson Kiiru, Natasha Leaver, Brandon Lee Sears, Kieran McGinn, Simone Mistry-Palmer, Samuel Nicholas, Brianna Ogunbawo, Matt Overfield, Jay Perry, Timothy Quinlan, Simon Ray Harvey, Sharon Rose, Lawrence Rowe, Ashley Samuels, Carl Spencer, Richard Taylor Woods, Alex Thomas-Smith, Cherelle Williams, Michael Woolston-Thomas and Jayme-Lee Zanoncelli.
Motown the Musical opened to generally favourable reviews in the popular press: "The show moves beyond being a welcome nostalgia fest and becomes an urgent rallying cry for us all to rediscover our Motown mojo" (Telegraph); "This show is always enjoyable, if not always the transcendent hit you long for it to be" (The Times). Our reviewer, Mark Shenton, awarded the show four stars, praising the cast: "it is thrilling to see so much exceptional talent on one stage."
Motown The Musical is based on the book 'To Be Loved: The Music, The Magic, The Memories of Motown' by Berry Gordy and features an eighteen piece orchestra that brings to life 50 Motown tracks including “My Girl”, “Dancing In The Street”, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”. It is described as a "musical sensation with real soul".
"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."
The production is directed by Charles Randolph-Wright with choreography by Patricia Wilcox and Warren Adams, scenic design by David Korins, costume design by ESosa, lighting design by Natasha Katz and sound design by Peter Hylenski. The producers are Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris, Berry Gordy and Adam Spiegel.
Motown the Musical tickets are now available to 24 February 2018.