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About the showBroadway sensation Motown the Musical has made its way to the Shaftesbury Theatre in London's West End in 2016.
Motown the Musical tells the real life story of Motown Records. The show takes the form of a jukebox musical and boasts over 40 hits including “My Girl”, “Heard it Through the Grapevine” “I Want You Back”, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”.
The show features a book by Berry Gordy Jr. the founder of Motown and is based on his 1994 autobiography. It tells the story of Gordy’s founding of the Motown record label and his life long relationships to the stars it made including Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and The Temptations. The show which features an ensemble cast of 40 performers begins in 1983 when all the stars gather to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Motown records it then flashes back to Berry Gordy as a young boy in Detroit, Michigan and follows him through his life to the founding of the label and beyond.
Motown Records got its name from the combination of the words Motor and Town which is also a nickname for Detroit where the label was founded. The record label became synonymous with a pop infused soul sound. For a small record label Motown achieved phenomenal success with 79 records in the Top Ten of the Billboard Hot 100 chart between 1960 and 1969. The Motown sound changed the music industry forever and continues to be popular to this day with its influence on modern music still being felt.
The Broadway production was directed by Charles Randolph-Wright and was nominated for four Tony Awards. The show opened at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in April 2013 and closed in January 2015. The show previously also toured the USA before opening in London.
Motown the Musical opened at the West End’s Shaftesbury Theatre on the 11th of February after current show Memphis starring Beverley Knight departs.
Who Should See It?If you’re a fan of Motown music then this is the production for you.