Berry Gordy launches Motown The Musical

Motown the Musical has now closed. See shows at the Shaftesbury Theatre here.

We are now officially super excited and can't wait to see Motown The Musical when it opens at the West End's Shaftesbury Theatre.

The show received its press launch yesterday in central London, and we were very privileged to meet the man behind the show - music industry legend Berry Gordy, founder of Motown Records.

Asked why he had decided to write Motown The Musical, Gordy said that he: "wanted to tell the story of what Motown was all about - the triumphs and the disasters." Director Charles Randolph-Wright, who was also present at the yesterday's launch, explained that the show is unlike other musicals as the songs are so iconic and familiar.

Motown The Musical originally ran at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, on Broadway, New York, from 14 April 2013 to 18 January 2015 and was nominated for four Tony Awards including Best Actress in a Musical and Best Featured Actor in a Musical for original cast members Valisia LeKae and Charl Brown.

The West End production will feature an all-new British cast and Charles Randolph-Wright explained that they were looking for "passion" and "essence" when casting auditions for the show took place, adding that they were "not looking for copycats".

The show will feature an eighteen piece orchestra that will bring to life 50 Motown tracks including "My Girl", "Dancing In The Street", "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", "I Heard It Through The Grapevine", "Where Did Our Love Go", "Stop In The Name Of Love" and "You're All I Need To Get By".

Motown The Musical is based on Gordy's autobiography, "To Be Loved: The Music, The Magic, The Memories of Motown", which was published in 1994. It tracks Gordy's life, from borrowing $800 from his family, to going 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