Shaftesbury Theatre

210 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8DP GB

Motown The Musical
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Motown The Musical Tickets

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Starring: Cedric Neal , Lucy St. Louis , Charl Brown , Sifiso Mazibuko

Booking until: Saturday, 20 April 2019

Running time: 2 hours 45 minutes

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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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Press Reviews

A triumphant, lavish show. You may well see people dancing in the street The Daily Telegraph

Impossible to resist The Daily Telegraph

There’s a quality of exuberance about motown the musical that makes life worth living The Daily Telegraph

Motown arrives in the west end with the greatest soul pop music ever recorded The Times

Customer Reviews

What to expect:

Acting

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Recommended for:

Anyone
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Families
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Teenagers
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Couples
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Theatregoers
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based on 807 reviews

Good time

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Amazing

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Must see!

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Great show, great ambience - must see

The show was excellent. The story behind the artists and lives of the Motown music genre and music label. Lots of great hits all the way through. The acting, singing, music from the orchestra,set and choreography were excellent. Lighting and stage effects were great too. Everyone was clapping along and dancing in the isle at the end. Great atmosphere. The theatre venue is well organised too. What wasn't so good was that the sound level was turned up too loud at some points to an uncomfortable level and it was clipping and distorting (not too much but to a sound engineer you could hear it). I am also tall and there was less room than on a budget airline seat. The seat in-front dug into my knees. Not so good. However overall a five stars experience.


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Superb Memories

A superb showcase for Mowtown music, great story line laced with brilliant hits. A must see show


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Great music

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Wonderful show

Enjoyed every minute of this wonderful show. The costumes and voices were fabulous and loved it at the end when they showed the screen footage of Berry Gordy, Diana Ross etc.


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Dancing in your seat !!

We loved every minute of this lively and energetic performance. I would love to go again but seating should be more vertically staggered as our view was almost completely blocked by heads in front!!


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Interesting

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Great feel good show

Excellent show. Very sensitively portrayed at the struggles experienced at that time. Great moral storyline and the seats were superb


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Great show to see

Amazing acting / great story / fabulous costumes and the most wonderful music


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Great show

Great show really enjoyed it, performers and music excellent. Would recommend it to all. Easy to book online and collect tickets on arrival no hassle at all.


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Great experience

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Great music

We liked the show but would have liked a few more songs


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Very upbeat and entertainig

Motown should appeal to UK residents and tourists from around the World


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If you like that era then this is a brilliant show !


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A must see for Motown fans

To hear the true story of Motown was great, the music was part of my growing up and I still love it today.The performers were brilliant and the show was fab from beginning to end.


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The music, dancing & costumes too good to miss

Here is the story of Motown interwoven with most fantastic songs and dance - a must to see if you enjoy Motown music.


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Took me back - great music. Loved it.

I thought that the show was great and gave me a great nostalgic feeling. The singers had great voices. I particularly thought that Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder were great. I will recommend this show to friends and family.


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Great trip down memory lane

May be best for middle aged people or those who like Motown music and their story


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Creative.

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Been to better

Very disappointed with late comers( even 25mins into the show) disrupting the show several times trying to find there seats, this ruined the first half of the show for us, this happened 4 times to us with this performance, when plenty of empty seats available to avoid disturbing the audience, until the first interval,


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wonderfull remember of the 70's

all the actors were great actors and singers


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Riller

Buzzin show


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Brilliant

Spectacular and fun show. Absolutely loved it


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Entertaining

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Really interesting!

I had a vague knowledge of Motown but after watching this I know a lot more about it now - I never realised how many songs I know were from the Motown label! My friend who I went with was a huge fan and he really loved it and after the show, I wanted to listen to more Motown music. it was a lovely show and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it. Even if you don't now much about Motown, the music is still great and the show is very entertaining!


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Must see

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Nostalgic

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Low budget

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Great memories for teens in the 60's

I loved the show but they had a lot to get through in a short period of time. Acting was good and costumes excellent. In one part it amazed me that Diana Ross changed her dress and re-appeared in less than 5 seconds. Little Michael eas good but sang slightly off key.


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Entertaining

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A musical feast!

This is a vibrant, high energy show full of fantastic songs. Ideal for people who grew up in the 60’s and 70’s but equally enjoyable for a new generation. I took my 24 year old daughter ( I’m 63) and we both loved it. You get really caught up in the story and don’t want it to end. The performances were great and these people can really sing!


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A wonderful insight into the story of Motown and it's music

My Sister and I thoroughly enjoyed the show, singing along to all the Motown greats. A small but very talented cast. We did attend during the heatwave (July 2018) and found the theatre itself very hot.


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Mooooo....ttooowwnnn

Good show! Fun time and lots of hints for the aficionados of Motown or Black music...good enough to test your musical culture. However due to poor mixing levels and microphones not being in sync it kind of spoils it at times.


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Expectations: Signed, sealed, delivered.

An absolutely excellent production. Such good fun, atmosphere was so warm and vibrant. Would recommend to anyone who loves Motown (or doesn’t!!)


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Fantastic performance

The show was fantastic. Too hot and n the theatre but the show was brilliant.


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a constructed Musical

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Must see

After rave reviews by all who had seen it before me. Was very well impressed. Excellent show.


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Very good

Great story of Motown. Only criticism, and it is a small one, most of the songs are only played in part so you only get a snippet.


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Non stop energy high!

This show made us feel like we traveled back in time and were at the live concerts of Motown greats. There were so many familiar songs we found ourselves chair dancing and clapping through the entire play! It exceeded our expectations by far and it was a night we will not soon forget.


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Fabulously talented performers

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nostalgic inspiration

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Must see!

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Yeah!!

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spectacluar

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gets you on your feet to dance to the music within seconds.

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Must see show

If you are a child of the '60's or a lover of great music, this show is a must see. A fabulous trip down memory lane about an unforgettable era in music and those that fought and paved the way to create it.


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Lively Musical

Wonderful lively show - anybody who has any interest in Motown music will know the majority of the songs in the show. War was probably my favourite.


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The was ok but song some songs could have been more popular as I did not know some that where sung. I think the story could have been better with more popular well known songs.


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Sunshine on a cloudy DAY!

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Infectious happiness!

Great show! You’ll be singing for days... It’s one of the best shows I’ve seen. Music, dancing, costumes and acting were incredible


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Dancing in our seats

A musical that keeps you clapping and dancing...one great hit after another


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Great show.

A must see,good music,you will enjoy.(But don't buy drinks)


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Music good if you like 70’s

Good view poor first half very slow to get going, 2nd half performance much better however wouldn’t go again.


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Great singing!

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A piece of musical history

A good show although I’d like the whole of each song.


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Brings back true music

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WOW, very enjoyable!!!

Really good Music ,great story and good acting. Feel good Factor, Everyone came out Smiling


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Soul music!

Brilliant evening. Singing and dancing was fabulous and the energy of all the performers, including the amazing orchestra, lit up the theatre. Wonderful nostalgic trip down a powerful musical memory lane, with interesting back stories of performers and nuggets of US political history thrown in. Would love to go back.


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Music extravaganza

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Energetic, lively & full of music

The show was fantastic, very lively, I was tapping my feet right from the beginning. The singer's all were very good and there was an energetic soulful rythm throughout. The young boy who played Michael Jackson of the Jackson 5 was outstanding. Thoroughly enjoyed the show.


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Fabulouse show. Brilliant voices and good storyline of Motown

This is a must to see if you like Motown - you'll be impressed by all the actor/singers voices. My only criticism was the ushers who were upgrading people's seats throughout the production, which was very distracting.


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Amazing show!

Disappointed that there were signs around the theatre warning us that we were not permitted to dance or sing during the show. This is a history of Motown and the songs are familiar to all, we had expected to be able to join in dancing and singing along to the music (as we have done with other musicals with the cast's encouragement), and had booked aisle seats so that we could do this without inconveniencing other members of the audience. This was a bit disappointing and impacted on our enjoyment of the show. The artists were talented, and costumes were amazing. We especially loved the actor who played Berry Gordy; his voice was wonderful.


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Real feel good and not to be missed

Fabulous performance


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Great Music

Great to hear great music makes you feel good


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Fabulous show

This show was fabulous, we really enjoyed it and knew nearly all of the songs. If we have any criticisms, they are not about the show, merely that the Theatre seats are not very comfortable and that a few times inconsiderate Theatregoers who had arrived late, were allowed to go to their seats whilst the show was in full flow.


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Energizing

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Great

It was Great, all the performances were full of energy they gave all to their act. Nice one


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must see enjoyable.

Enjoyed the songs the story line gave me insight into history of Motown and the founders and all the acts at the time and what they went through and how this was expressed in their music. Excellent.


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Amazing show!

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Brings back such happy memories

Loved the costumes which were just faboulous. Music was as good as you would expect- just fantastic and the whole cast were amazing exciting and real. Location, ticket collection, getting to the seats, in and out was all easy. Well done Shaftesbury!


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Good show

En general, good show, although the dialogues could/should be cut in half and replaced with a lot more music.


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BRILLIANT!

WE CAME OUT FEELING LIKE WE HAD BEEN TO A FANTASTIC CONCERT. THE SINGING WAS BRILLIANT JUST LIKE THE ORIGINAL! VERY UPLIFTING AND DEFINITELY SOMETHING TO SEE.


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You can’t not sing along!

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Story line weak, could have been better.


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Lots of fun!

Good price, great acting and the music of course was great fun! Would recommend it to anyone


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A fun evening celebrating the best music

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Fantastic music

Excellent show with fantastic music and great story capturing the great dominance of Motown.


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Brilliant

The only thing I would comment on is the fidgeting audience in the first half up and down and wandering around distracting at times. Show was brilliant


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Sensational, fast paced

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Sensational

Great songs costumes and wonderful to watch


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Not to be missed Show

Excellant show , took my 2 teenage daughters who thoroughly enjoyed it. Music was spot on and the costumes fitting for the period covered . Went to quickly , a couple of more sing along songs at the end would have been the icing on the cake .


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A must see show

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informative

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Average

For anyone who knows the story and the music well, it will be disapointing


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Absolutely fantastic. The singing was amazing!

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Absolutely amazing show

This show was brilliant, whilst it addressed oppression and racism that blacks people faced it was light hearted, funny, fun, dazzling and exciting. Well done. Also it was a birthday treat ... no doubt one birthday gift I won't forget. So thank you Motown the musical. Mrs Karima McKen x


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Good story

A very good show, music was a little before my time but did know more as the story went on. Was spoilt though as was sat amongst a large group of French students who would not be quiet throughout the show


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Jetlag Cure

I had only recently flown from Canada & I was afraid that I might fall asleep: no chance of tha with this vital, high octane performance. I am of an age that I am familiar with all of these groups on radio and vinyl. Great to hear it all again and I actually found some of the background to be quite informative.


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Must see !

Absolutely love it date night with my husband will be returning to see it again!


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The best show I have gone to in yesrs

This is a must see show you will still be there long after you leave the theatre You will tell everyone you speak to how much you enjoyed this


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Amazing

Motown was incredible! So interactive with the audience, songs that you can sing along to. The story line was great and easy to follow I couldn't have asked for a better night!


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Feel good

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Nostalgic performance

So nice to hear the old Songs , wonderful singing and acting !


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Fun!

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Fabulous ! One BIG Party

Everything was great ! But especially the music, the artists and costumes. Can talk hours about it. Will see again !!


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Great music

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Loved it, what a show

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Must see

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Motown the Musical will open in the West End next year!

27 Nov 2014

Motown the Musical The producers of Motown The Musical have finally broken the silence surrounding the speculated arrival of this Broadway success. They have now confirmed that the production will play in London in 2015, but an exact date has yet to be confirmed.

The original Broadway production of Motown The Musical is due to close in New York at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on 18 January, but word is that it may return to the bright lights of the Big Apple in 2016.

Motown the Musical comes to the Shaftesbury Theatre

14 May 2015

Motown the Musical comes to the Shaftesbury Theatre After much speculation and gossip, the producers of the sell-out Broadway show Motown the Musical have finally announced the West End venue that will house the smash-hit production. The Shaftesbury Theatre in the heart of London’s theatreland will be the new home of the Berry Gordy penned musical, set to open in late February 2016.

Review: MOTOWN at the Shaftesbury Theatre

25 Feb 2016

Motown The Musical 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 - THE MUSICAL at Shaftesbury Theatre

09 May 2016

Motown: The Musical 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.

David Albury Leads the New Cast of MOTOWN

26 Jul 2017

David Albury 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.


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