Based on Berry Gordy’s autobiography 'To Be Loved: The Music, The Magic, The Memories of Motown', Motown the Musical tells the story of the renowned record producer’s professional relationships with artists such as Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye and Michael Jackson. Comprising of over 50 Motown tracks from Gordy’s back-catalogue, including “My Girl”, “Dancing In The Street”, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”, Motown is a celebration of an unmatched era in music. Transferring from Broadway where it was nominated for four Tony Awards, Motown the Musical comes to the West End as a celebration of one of the most influential figures in music history.
The cast is led by Jay Perry as Berry Gordy, Natalie Kassanga as Diana Ross, Carl Spencer as Marvin Gaye and David Albury as Smokey Robinson. They are joined by a cast of 30 who bring Gordy’s story to life with sass, style and soul at the Shaftesbury Theatre.
The cast is completed by 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.
Motown 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. Told in flashback, Motown the Musical follows the true story of Motown founder Berry Gordy, who finds himself with just $800 borrowed from his family. With just his determination, he goes from featherweight boxer to heavyweight music mogul.
As Gordy's fame begins to grow, his record label develops and he discovers and launches 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.
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(5mins) Turn right onto New Oxford Street (past the Dominion) for 200 metres, and then turn right onto Shaftesbury Avenue, where the theatre will be on your left 100 metres down.