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.
The Shaftesbury Theatre is currently home to fellow state-side hit Memphis the Musical, but the multi Olivier Award-winning show is due to close in October this year, making way for Motown the Musical.
Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, Motown the Musical tells the intriguing and moving true story behind the songs that changed America, from artist such as The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder and the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. The show features classic hits such as ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ ‘What’s Going On’, ‘Dancing in the Street’, ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’ and over 30 other iconic Motown songs.
Created by infamous Motown record producer Berry Gordy, the musical enjoyed a hugely successful run on Broadway from March 2013 to January 2015 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Now the production will be greeting a new audience in the West End.
There had been speculation that Motown the Musical would play at the London Palladium, but it looks like we will have to wait and see which lucky production gets to call the legendary West End venue home.
Tickets for Motown the Musical go on sale tomorrow and the show is shaping up to be one of the most sought after in town.
Look out for more news and casting updates for Motown the Musical coming soon.