About Motown the Musical

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.


Broadway actor Cedric Neal makes his West End debut as Berry Gordy, with Lucy St Louis as Diana Ross, Obioma Ugoala as Smokey Robinson and Sifiso Mazibuko as Marvin Gaye. They are joined by a cast of 30 who bring Gordy’s story to life with sass, style and soul.

What's the story?

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.

Motown the Musical Performance Dates & Times

You can book from 17-Oct-2017 to 05-Jan-2019

Running time

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Motown the Musical Soundtrack Playlist

The Venue

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Where is Motown the Musical?

210 Shaftesbury Avenue London WC2H 8DP
  • Nearest Bus stop: (Tottenham Court Road Station) 8, 29, 55, 134, 176, 242, 390; (Museum St) 1, 19, 25, 38, 98
  • Parking: Holborn, Selkirk House Museum Street (5mins)
  • Nearest Night Bus: (Tottenham Court Road Station) 134, 176, 242, 390, N8, N29, N35, N41, N55, N68, N98, N121, N253; (Museum St) 25, N1, N19, N38, N207
  • Nearest Tube: Central, Northern (Central Line not stopping until December 2015)
  • Directions:

    (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.

  • Nearest Station: King's Cross St Pancras