With so many top notch jukebox musicals in town, the West End is the best place to be if you want to celebrate some of the best music of the last century. For audiences at the Shaftesbury Theatre, they will no doubt be turning their attentions to this awe-inspiring musical that celebrates all things Motown!
Motown The Musical wowed audiences in New York when it first appeared on Broadway and later appeared at other venues across the United States, but now it is the turn of audiences in London’s West End to get a look-in as it runs at the Shaftesbury Theatre with American director Charles Randolph-Wright at the helm.
The Motown record label launched the careers of some of the biggest names of the 20th century and it is their work that is celebrated in this fantastic musical. It does this by retelling the story of Berry Gordy, the man behind Motown. He started out with little but he eventually became the man who discovered some big names like Stevie Wonder. The story is told in flashback and, in the 1950s, we learn how Gordy went from a man with a dream to a man with a legendary story.
And as he discovered some big name we witness performances of hit songs like Where Did Our Love Go, Please Mr Postman, Dancing In The Street and more.
Director Charles Randolph-Wright has been behind some of New York’s biggest shows and has not only enjoyed a stage career but has also written and produced for the screen as well. As a theatre director he has put together the likes of Senor Discretion Himself, Sophisticated Ladies and the high profile revival of Guys and Dolls, among others. Meanwhile, he also wrote plays like The Night Is A Child.
And as the original director of Motown The Musical on Broadway, audiences are in safe hands when they head to the West End to witness the next leg in the journey for this unforgettable show..
Did You Know?
• The cast includes Cedric Neal, Lucy St Louis, Obioma Ugoala and Sifiso Mazibuko, amongst others (correct as of August 2016).
• Legendary characters include Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross and Berry Gordy.
• Motown The Musical was honoured with four Tony Award nominations in 2013: Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical, Best Orchestrations, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical and Best Sound Design of a Musical.
• The show premiered in 2013 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on Broadway.
|Booking From:||Friday, 20th January 2017|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 28th October 2017|
|Running Time:||2 hours 30 minutes|
|Thu:||2.30pm and 7.30pm|
|Sat:||2.30pm and 7.30pm|
|Monday, 23 Jan, 2017||Shaftesbury Theatre, London||Motown the Musical|
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|Thursday, 26 Jan, 2017||Shaftesbury Theatre, London||Motown the Musical|
|Friday, 27 Jan, 2017||Shaftesbury Theatre, London||Motown the Musical|
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