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Motown The Musical


Musical which follows the legendary career of Berry Gordy and the creation of his musical empire, Motown Records.
Motown The Musical at the Shaftesbury Theatre

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Overview


Genre: Musical

Director:
Charles Randolph-Wright

Author:
Berry Gordy

Production:
Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris, Berry Gordy and Adam Spiegel

Music:
Berry Gordy

Lyrics:
Berry Gordy

Running time: 2 hrs 45 mins

Age suitability:
Not available

Synopsis


The musical follows the legendary career of Berry Gordy and the creation of his musical empire, Motown Records. The story begins in 1983 on the evening of the 25th anniversary celebration of Motown, and Berry is looking back on his career. Inspired by his childhood hero, black American boxer Joe Louis, the young Berry dreams big, hoping one day to make people as happy and proud. After a few years on Detroit's automobile assembly line he sets his sights on bringing a socially-charged, racially-divided country together with music. With an $800 loan from his family, Berry founds a music making factory. Motown is born!


Berry signs a series of ground-breaking artists including Diana Ross and the Supremes, Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations and more. But with the Vietnam War looming and America at a cultural turning point, Berry realises the time has come to push for something bigger than he ever dreamed of, to make music that could get the whole world moving to the same beat.


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210 Shaftesbury Avenue
London WC2H 8DP

Box office tel: 020 7379 5399

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Dates


Previews from: Thursday 11 February 2016

Press night: Tuesday 8 March 2016

Booking until:Saturday 24 February 2018

Closes: No date announced.

Performance days & times


Evening:
Monday ‑ 7‑30pm Tuesday ‑ 7‑30pm Wednesday ‑ 7‑30pm Thursday ‑ 7‑30pm Friday ‑ 7‑30pm Saturday ‑ 7‑30pm

Intervals:1

Matinee:

Thursday - 3-00pm

Saturday - 3-00pm


Intervals:1

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British Sign Language Interpreted Performance:

Sat 3rd Sep 2016 at 3‑00pm


Audio Described Performance:

Wed 21st Sep 2016 at 7‑30pm


Captioned Performance:

Sat 15th Oct 2016 at 7‑30pm


Cast


Cedric Neal - Berry Gordy

Lucy St. Louis - Diana Ross

Charl Brown - Smokey Robinson

Sifiso Mazibuko - Marvin Gaye

Eshan Gopal - Young Berry/Stevie/Michael

Kwame Kandekore - Young Berry/Stevie/Michael

Joshua Tikare - Young Berry/Stevie/Michael

Keisha Amponsa Banson - Ensemble

Edward Baruwa - Ensemble

Cindy Belliot - Ensemble

Jay Bryce - Ensemble

Tanya Edwards - Ensemble

Samuel Edwards - Ensemble

Eddie Elliott - Ensemble

Christopher Fry - Ensemble

Edward Handoll - Ensemble

Portia Harry - Ensemble

Simon Ray Harvey - Ensemble

Elias Hendricks - Ensemble

Brian James Leys - Ensemble

Aisha Jawando - Ensemble

Joshua Liburd - Ensemble

Simeon Montague - Ensemble

Cleopatra Rey - Ensemble

Brandon Lee Sears - Ensemble

Jordan Shaw - Ensemble

Marcel J Whyte - Ensemble

Cherelle Williams - Ensemble

Daniel Bailey - Swing

Alex Hammond - Swing

Kieran McGinn - Swing

Simone Mistry-Palmer - Swing

Jayde Nelson - Swing

Carl Spencer - Swing


Creatives


Director: Charles Randolph-Wright
Set designer: David Korins
Costume designer: Esosa
Musical direction: Gareth Weedon
Choreography: Patricia Wilcox and Warren Adams
Lighting: Natasha Katz
Sound: Peter Hylenski
Projections: Daniel Brodie
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