About the show
Revisit Hitsville with Motown The Musical at Shaftesbury Theatre in London’s West End.
“Motown The Musical may just be the ultimate jukebox musical,” wrote The Stage critic Mark Shenton in his review of this upbeat and sharply costumed musical. It’s certainly the only place you can see classics by the likes of Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson and Diana Ross performed in the same show.
Berry Gordy, who founded the world’s most famous record label, wrote Motown The Musical. The show chronicles the history of the 1950s Motown record label that defined the sound of black music in America during the post-war period.
The show begins with the 25th anniversary of Motown in 1983. As his former artists prepare to perform an anniversary show, Gordy reminisces about a lifetime in music. Those artists include Gaye, Jackson, Ross, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder and Martha Reeves, amongst others.
Jay Perry plays Berry Gordy, with Natalie Kassanga as Diana Ross and Carl Spencer as Marvin Gaye. David Albury plays Smokey Robinson.
The real star of this show is the music. Motown The Musical includes more than 40 songs that are favourites of both Motown aficionados and music fans the world over. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Dancin’ In the Street and My Girl all vie for attention in this whirlwind tour through the label’s back catalogue.
Charles Randolph-Wright directs the production. Patricia Wilcox and Warren Adams provide the choreography with musical direction by Gareth Weedon.
Motown The Musical debuted on Broadway in 2013. The jukebox musical went on to receive four Tony Award nominations. Following its US success, it opened at London’s Shaftesbury Theatre in 2016.
Motown The Musical is booking to 20 April 2019 at the Shaftesbury Theatre.