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Cedric Neal, Lucy St. Louis, Charl Brown, Sifiso Mazibuko
Motown the Musical – A brilliant feel-good show
Motown Records, based in Detroit, was founded by Berry Gordy in 1959 to showcase the very best early rhythm and blues, soul and funk. With diversity at its beating heart, these days the Motown legacy is a music industry legend.
Gordy was inspired by the so-called 'truth-telling' of early black music, which he felt was, “a chronicle of our collective emotional journey in this world – pain and sadness, happiness and celebration... wisdom and faith.” His fervour still shines through every song the record label released.
Motown the Musical - The story
What's the story? It's 1983 and the scene is the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, where a bunch of glittering music industry stars are waiting to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Motown Records. At the same time, flashing back to the past, in Detroit the young Berry Gordy is observing his neighbours dancing. It took until 1957 for him to form his own record label, bringing in huge hitters like Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross and the Supremes.
The musical is stuffed with hits, more than sixty tunes in total including Diana Ross's I Hear a Symphony, You're All I Need to Get By from Stevie Wonder, Where Did Our Love Go by The Supremes, Please Mr Postman by the Marvelettes and masses more... Mary Wells and The Temptations, Martha and the Vandellas, The Contours and, of course, The Jackson 5.
The St Louis Post calls it a “supremely entertaining night of musical whiplash”. CBS Sunday Morning called it "More than a broadway show...a celebration of music that transformed America." Time Out New York said the show "Sets the theatre on fire!" All of which means you can expect two and three quarter hours of total and utter musical heaven.
This is a genuinely exhilarating feel-good show charting Berry Gordy’s amazing journey from featherweight boxer to a heavyweight career as a music industry figure whose talent, passion and determination launched the careers of many a famous soul name. The show features a massive ensemble cast of more than 40 actors. Together they do homage to the soundtrack that changed America forever... and now you can experience it here in Britain.
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What to expect:Acting
Recommended for:Anyone (82%)
The show was very professional. The only problem I had was, the volume was painfully loud. This was most notable for spoken word; I couldn't understand most of the dialog.
Reviewed on 21 April 2019 by Neil, Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
Good story, great music
Reviewed on 21 April 2019 by Maureen, Crawley, United Kingdom
I really enjoyed everything seats were great, the only bad thing was fighting to the bar maybe bring selection of drinks around,
Reviewed on 20 April 2019 by Micheala, Peterborough, United Kingdom
Music was to to loud! Didn’t get to hear a many of the iconic Motown songs all through, cut short, because of the story.
Reviewed on 11 April 2019 by Ray, Brentford, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 07 April 2019 by Peter, Tadley, United Kingdom
Great show. You just go with the flow. Supergood.
Reviewed on 04 April 2019 by Jari, Helsinki, Finland
Reviewed on 03 April 2019 by Trudie-blue, Hastings, United Kingdom
Amazing show fantastic music, interaction with audience throughout really great evening
Reviewed on 02 April 2019 by Michelle, Plymouth, United Kingdom
The show was amazing, the seats were not great (row w in the stalls) because of the low roof not all of the stage was visable - definitely go upper circle if going The toilet situation is AWFUL, the close access to the main theatre so there are just a couple in the staircases - you have to queue down the stairs to wait and we nearly missed the second part because the queues were so long
Reviewed on 28 March 2019 by Sarah, Coventry, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 28 March 2019 by Nani, Stamford Hill, United Kingdom
First half of play wonderful,second half not so good as I was stuck behind someone I’d describe as the mountain from GOT..... but all in all I loved it 👍🏾
Reviewed on 27 March 2019 by Graham, Derby, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 26 March 2019 by Peter, Sandy, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 26 March 2019 by Rafaele, Arezzo, Italy
Very entertainig, you will be reminded of how diffrent and difficult music life was for black people
Reviewed on 26 March 2019 by Hans, Järfälla, Sweden
Reviewed on 24 March 2019 by Lorraine, Kettering, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 24 March 2019 by Steven, Ferndown, United Kingdom
Great music, excellent cast, really loved it!
Reviewed on 21 March 2019 by Michael, Broadstairs, United Kingdom
I don't think Motown is up there with the best of musicals. We were very bored and wanted to leave before the end. Too much chat and not enough singing!
Reviewed on 21 March 2019 by Marian, Basildon, United Kingdom
Very good show. As a hearing aid wearer sadly I did struggle to hear some of the story telling. Second half of the show included some audience participation which was fun, enjoyed a bit of a boogie at the end.
Reviewed on 20 March 2019 by Robert, Barnstaple, United Kingdom
Fabulous show, depicting the story of Motown. Thoroughly enjoyed the show, brilliant seats, and friendly and helpful staff. Excellent!
Reviewed on 20 March 2019 by Susan, Sheffield, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 17 March 2019 by Charlotte, Peterborough, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 16 March 2019 by Deborah, West Drayton, United Kingdom
Great show well worth watching 😃
Reviewed on 15 March 2019 by Shelley, Bury, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 14 March 2019 by Karen, Tucson, United States Of America
Very good but need to sort out the sound on there mics out for the sound where wevwas situng just a bout here them
Reviewed on 13 March 2019 by Teresa, Romford, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 10 March 2019 by Michael, Inverurie, United Kingdom
The show was very good would recommend you see it.
Reviewed on 10 March 2019 by Andrew, Bognor, United Kingdom
Can not recommend it enough! By far the best musical I’ve seen , amazing songs and unbelievably talented cast
Reviewed on 09 March 2019 by Monique, London, United Kingdom
The music was fantastic. Well worth going to see.
Reviewed on 04 March 2019 by Doreen, Loughborough, United Kingdom
I loved everything about this show. The quality of the singing was amazing. As a long time fan of Motown music I enjoyed every one of the songs and I learned things I hadn’t known about Berry Gordy’s story. I’d thoroughly recommend it.
Reviewed on 02 March 2019 by Diana, Bedford, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 28 February 2019 by Maja, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 26 February 2019 by Stephanie, Rosny Sous Bois, France
We were looking forward to this show and were not disappointed. Fantastic music brought back great memories. Brilliant singers and fantastic costumes. A great night out.
Reviewed on 26 February 2019 by Richard, St Ives, United Kingdom
Although not required a brief review of the era and gendre would add to the enjoyment and the understanding of a terrific production.
Reviewed on 25 February 2019 by Andrew, Near Ferryhill, United Kingdom
Great show, occasionally excessively loud drowning out the singing . Well worth seeing
Reviewed on 23 February 2019 by Terry, Herts, United Kingdom
Do yourself a favour!!
Reviewed on 23 February 2019 by Alexandra, Gidgegannup, Australia
Helpful staff, can show!
Reviewed on 23 February 2019 by Ian, Peel, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 23 February 2019 by Dietmar, Langen Bei Bregenz, Austria
Love the show, powerful singing and good storyline
Reviewed on 23 February 2019 by Bryan, Hornchurch, United Kingdom
The story line, acting, performance, costumes were amazing
Reviewed on 23 February 2019 by Sharon, Croydon, United Kingdom
Enjoyed show but was expecting a bit more music but enjoyed the Motown story telling
Reviewed on 22 February 2019 by Sheila, Kent, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 22 February 2019 by Ann-mari, Ljungskile, Sweden
Although sometimes too loud not to put your hands over your ears, this was a great show!
Reviewed on 22 February 2019 by Irene, Peterborough, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 21 February 2019 by Helena, Enfield, United Kingdom
Real feel good show. Amazing music that you’d have to be nuts not to like. A must see show. X
Reviewed on 21 February 2019 by Clair, Woodbridge, United Kingdom
Quick moving, high pace musical. Song after song of the most memorable Motown songs, by very convincing actors, playing some of the most iconic music stars. Most enjoyable and certainly up lifting. Difficult to stay still with the great songs coming fast and furious.
Reviewed on 20 February 2019 by Hazel, Windsor, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 19 February 2019 by Gwyneth, St. Helens, United Kingdom
What a fab way to spend an evening at the Theatre. Everything about it in my opinion is 5*.
Reviewed on 19 February 2019 by Rosemary, Yatton, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 16 February 2019 by Naushad, Leicester, United Kingdom
Such a fantastic show. The best musical we have watched by far. Would recommend to everyone!
Reviewed on 15 February 2019 by Sahar, Stevenage, United Kingdom
My husband and I love the show, this was the fourth time we have been, and are very disappointed it soon will be leaving the Shaftesbury theatre. The acting singing, songs and the story is brilliant a show not to be missed.
Reviewed on 15 February 2019 by Tina, Gillingham, United Kingdom
It was AMAZING all round entertainment and the singing and songs were out of this world. A BIG CONGRATULATIONS to everyone involved. IT IS A MUST TO SEE.
Reviewed on 14 February 2019 by Shirley, Plymouth, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 14 February 2019 by Denis, Dagenham, United Kingdom
Loved the show, really excellent singing, brings you back in time. A real feel good show for the whole family.
Reviewed on 14 February 2019 by Lynthia, West Drayton, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 14 February 2019 by Julie, Potters Bar Herts, United Kingdom
I was a little disappointed in 5he acting of main characters and thought that their speech was a little too fast and inaudible at time. Music was good but would have like more of early Motown.
Reviewed on 13 February 2019 by Kathryn Heather, Limavady, United Kingdom
Show was very entertaining
Reviewed on 13 February 2019 by Jeff, Stanmore, United Kingdom
A stunning evening filled with beautiful music, lovely atmosphere and a stunning cast
Reviewed on 12 February 2019 by Juliet, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 11 February 2019 by Victoria, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 11 February 2019 by Liela, Alexandra Hills, Australia
The show was fabulous, it has you wanting to dance in your seat. Fabulous MOTOWN music and a spectacle of great acting and singing.
Reviewed on 10 February 2019 by Anita, Felixdorf, Austria
Perfect view. Took my 8 year old son. We loved every minute. Great for a feel good pick me up. Really loved it.
Reviewed on 09 February 2019 by Liz, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 09 February 2019 by Caroline, Morden, United Kingdom
Excellent show fantastic music with incredible artists.
Reviewed on 09 February 2019 by Garry, Cleethorpes, United Kingdom
We really enjoyed the show. I have seen it twice in the theatre and will go again when it goes on tour.
Reviewed on 08 February 2019 by Sheila, Whatlington, United Kingdom
Perfect singing, music, acting and extremely well put together and performed. Best show I've seen in many a year !!
Reviewed on 08 February 2019 by John, Croydon South London, United Kingdom
It was brilliant from start to finish
Reviewed on 07 February 2019 by Kim, Norwich, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 07 February 2019 by Danielle, Loughton, United Kingdom
Most amazing show ever!!! Would go again in a heart beat!! Could not stop singing or dancing!! Made me overwhelmingly happy and emotional with the history and the music!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!! This is a MUST see!!!!
Reviewed on 06 February 2019 by Hannah, Shepperton, United Kingdom
Started out a little choppy but got increasingly better and atmospheric
Reviewed on 05 February 2019 by Marie, Barnsley, United Kingdom
My mum and I visited this show for her birthday and it was definitely worth the wait. The actors and actresses were amazing. The story was so cleverly put together. There was some audience participation which I felt added a little something to the show. The costumes were beautiful and we couldn't stop singing along to every song. Would highly recommend it and will definitely be seeing it again.
Reviewed on 05 February 2019 by Rebecca, Sutton In Ashfield, United Kingdom
I lived through the birth of Motown, but went to the show with my two daughters who are in their early forties. It appealed to us all and I'm sure it was enjoyed by the younger people in the audience too.
Reviewed on 04 February 2019 by Maureen, Worthing, United Kingdom
Such a great show, loved the music, it brought memories of a time when music was great. I hadn’t know the story behind Mowtown or why it stopped, so found it interesting to find out why. All the actors were brilliant, and the singing excellent, the young lad who played the young Michael Jackson, was amazing. We sat in row M seat 9&10, and had a brilliant view with loads of leg room, as it’s the larger space for the walkway. If you want a real feel good show, this is a must. As we were walking out, all you could hear was people say how brilliant the show was. I definitely will be going to see it again.
Reviewed on 03 February 2019 by Brian, Burgess Hill, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 03 February 2019 by Jon, Ipswich, United Kingdom
This show will appeal to anyone that has ever listened to music. You don't need to know Motown history. There's so much of this popular soul music threaded through current day musical culture that came from Motown. I was 3 rows back in the stalls and could really feel the energy from the actors. The audience spontaneously whooped and cheered when historical past legends appeared and performed. Some of the actors could really sing, notably Smokey Robinson. The theatre is beautiful and historic, is somewhat cramped by today's standards. Go, enjoy the show, leave and feel joyous.
Reviewed on 03 February 2019 by Grant, Dunmow, United Kingdom
A very good show and well acted I just think everyone worked so hard to make it special thanks
Reviewed on 02 February 2019 by Jeffrey, South Benfleet, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 02 February 2019 by Dami, Bromley, United Kingdom
Great show shame about the staff After an hour sitting in front of a hen do 14 strong from Northern Ireland who didn’t stop talking shouting swearing my girlfriend opened a pack of m and m s and was then told by the attendant she can’t eat them they are too noisey! And it wasn’t fair on the rest of the viewers. How can this even be possible ?
Reviewed on 02 February 2019 by Jamie, Haverfordwest, United Kingdom
The show was brilliant in every way
Reviewed on 02 February 2019 by James, Teignmouth, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 02 February 2019 by Jim, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Amazing story, music,acting and theatre made it a overall brilliant experience
Reviewed on 01 February 2019 by Emma, South Croydon, United Kingdom
Loved this show all the artists were of exceptional standard, it was like a ray of sunshine on a miserable cold January afternoon, proper feel good show. Can not fault it in anyway. The only downside was the theatre was a tad cold coats needed throughout the performance.
Reviewed on 01 February 2019 by Kim, Mexborough, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 01 February 2019 by Ines, Paris, France
Very good show
Reviewed on 31 January 2019 by Kevin, Gillingham, United Kingdom
Hi quality show, outstanding musicians.. I was blown away by their voices!
Reviewed on 31 January 2019 by Carole, Richterswil, Switzerland
2nd time I have seen this show it was even better 2nd time round thoroughly recommend
Reviewed on 31 January 2019 by Tracy, Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 29 January 2019 by Michelle, Sheffield, United Kingdom
This show was fantastic. All the actors were terrific. It made you want to get up & dance.
Reviewed on 29 January 2019 by Jacqueline, Romford, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 28 January 2019 by Evelyn, Chatham, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 27 January 2019 by Sylvain, Lille, France
Reviewed on 27 January 2019 by Marcus, Abingdon, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 26 January 2019 by Hayley, Grantham, United Kingdom
Great show with superb songs
Reviewed on 25 January 2019 by John, Walthamstow, United Kingdom
Best musical I've seen in a long time ! Absolute must see!! The singers were amazing.
Reviewed on 25 January 2019 by Hanah, Romford, United Kingdom
Amazing show Motown music from my youth loved it
Reviewed on 24 January 2019 by Angela, Newmarket, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 24 January 2019 by Phil, Trowbridge, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 23 January 2019 by Nadine, London, United Kingdom
Thoroughly recommend this show storyline music and acting fantastic
Reviewed on 21 January 2019 by D, Seaton, United Kingdom
Wow blew us away, The old songs are the best! Good performance by all the cast, they kept us entertained for the whole show.
Reviewed on 21 January 2019 by Graham, Falmouth, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 20 January 2019 by Simon, Newbury, United Kingdom
by Phil Willmott | Wednesday, July 26 2017, 12:37
Motown the Musical have just announced a new leading man and I'm very excited to hear that it’s David Albury who’ll be taking over the role of Smokey Robinson just as producers release 500,000 new tickets for sale, securing the show at the Shaftesbury Theatre until 5 January 2019.David Albury Leads the New Cast of MOTOWN
by Stacey Tyler | Monday, May 9 2016, 10:16
MOTOWN is a brand new musical that has flown into the West End after a hugely successful run on Broadway. For millions of people their generation is defined by the music of Motown and no matter what your age, this catalogue of hits has something for everybody to enjoy. From classics such as Reet Petite and Shop Around to a medley of Jackson 5 songs and the Stevie Wonder Classic: Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m yours, this is a Jukebox musical that really lives up to its name. Looking around the audience, it is clear to see that from the very first chord MOTOWN is the perfect night out.Review: MOTOWN - THE MUSICAL at Shaftesbury Theatre
by Hugh Wooldridge | Thursday, February 25 2016, 11:26
While we here in Britain were listening to The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and Cliff Richard and The Shadows, most of America was listening to the extraordinary output and music of Berry Gordy, the founder and owner of the (Tamla) Motown label.Review: MOTOWN at the Shaftesbury Theatre