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Motown: The Musical

An 18 piece orchestra playing over 50 Motown classics? What more could you ask for from a night out? And that's not even all this fantastical musical has to offer.

The performance tells the story of Motown founder Berry Gordy who is inspired to become a music mogul after he watches an iconic boxing match and turns his attentions to being the best version of himself possible, with just $800 dollars to his name and a whole lot of ambition.

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Show Biography

Motown: The Musical is a jukebox musical based on the life of Berry Gordy and his autobiography To Be Loved: The Music, The Magic, the Memories of Motown.

Follow the history of Gordy as he creates a musical empire, how this featherweight boxer turned his sights onto the music industry and begun his own record label in 1957, eventually going on to discover some of the greatest acts of our time: Diana Ross, the Supremes, the Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder and even Marvin Gaye.

It begins in 1983, at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, as stars are gathering to celebrate Motown Records’ 25th anniversary, and Berry looks back to reminisce on his long and successful career, transporting us back to 1957 as a younger Berry starts this amazing journey into the world of music, trying to unite a socially charged and racially divided country. Watch the ups and downs of the personal relationships, professional struggles, and the music that changed the world.

Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright (Born For This, Love/Life) and choreographed by Patricia Wilcox & Warren Adams, Motown: The Musical perfectly recreates the magic of these stars' popular numbers ‘I Hear a Symphony’ by Diana Ross, ‘Happy Birthday’ by Stevie Wonder, the cult classic ABC by the Jackson 5, with 66 songs brought to life by an 18 piece orchestra all for your enjoyment.

Motown brought down barriers, shaped a part of the music industry, and made us all move to the same beat, so book tickets now and become a part of this record breaking smash hit Motown: The Musical!

Useful Information

Performance dates: Monday- Saturday at 7:30pm, Thursday and Saturday at 2:30pm.
Performance running time: Approximately 2 hours 45 minutes (including a 20 minute interval).

The Box Office and Royal Circle are on street level; patrons with limited mobility are recommended to sit in the Royal Circle. Other areas of the auditorium can only be accessed using stairs and unfortunately there is no lift. Please speak to our Box Office staff to discuss your requirements when booking your tickets.

The Foyer Bar serves the Royal Circle and is accessible via ramp or 3 steps. The Front of House team are available to assist with bar orders and will ensure that all audience members are comfortable during their visit.

The Theatre is equipped with an infra-red system and headsets are available on request; please speak to the Front of House team when you arrive if you require one.

Guide dogs and Hearing dogs are welcome at the Theatre. They may sit with you in the auditorium or our Front of House team will look after them whilst you enjoy the performance.

The Cast

Nana Agyemanbediako

Young Berry/Stevie/Michael

Raphael Higgins-Humes

Young Berry/Stevie/Michael

Rio Myers

Young Berry/Stevie/Michael

Cedric Neal

Berry Gordy

Lucy St Louis

Diana Ross
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Shaftesbury Theatre

210 Shaftesbury Ave, London WC2H 8DP

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