LONDON – Tony Award nominated musical Motown the Musical begins a new tour of the UK and Ireland this October!
Opening at the Birmingham Alexandra Theatre on 11th October 2018, Motown the Musical received its world premiere in April 2013 in New York and recouped its $18 million investment by the end of 2014. The first US National Tour opened to critical acclaim in Spring 2014 in Chicago, grossing $20 million dollars during its standing room only sixteen-week run. Meanwhile, the London production of opened on 11th February 2016, and continues to play to standing ovations at the Shaftesbury Theatre where it is half way through its third year and is booking until April 2019.
This production of Motown the Musical will be directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, featuring music and lyrics from the Motown catalogue played by a live orchestra playing 50 Motown tracks including Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, I’ll Be There, Dancing In The Street, Stop! In The Name Of Love, My Girl and I Heard It through the Grapevine, telling the story behind the classic hits.
The book itself was written by Motown founder Berry Gordy, and follows the autobiographical tale of how Gordy borrows $800 from his family to go from featherweight boxer to heavyweight music mogul, discovering and launching the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and countless others, as the musical unearths the true story of the legendary record label that changed music history and created the soundtrack of a generation.
This production of Motown the Musical will be starring Edward Baruwa in the leading role of ‘Berry Gordy’, Karis Anderson as ‘Diana Ross’, Nathan Lewis as ‘Smokey Robinson’ and Shak Gabbidon-Williams will play ‘Marvin Gaye’, with an ensemble comprising Dayo Adeoye, Scott Armstrong, Simeon Beckett, Natalia Brown, Ethan Davis, Andrew Dillon, Akeem Ellis-Hyman, Christopher Gopaul, Daniel Haswell, Olivia Hibbert, Karis Jack, Michael Jeremiah, Amana Jones, Abz Kareem, Kane Matthews, DeeArna McClean, Matt Mills, Cordell Mosteller, Nicole Nyarambi, Spencer O’Brien, Perry O’Dea, Alex Okoampa, Reece Richards and Emma Robotham-Hunt.
Says director Charles Randolph-Wright:“I am so thrilled that we have been able to find this incredible cast of British artists for the UK tour of Motown the Musical. Their talent has astounded us all, as they embody the soul of Motown and capture the energy and essence of those iconic artists. We are so excited to bring this show to cities across the UK and can’t wait to begin. Get ready!”
Photo Credit: Tristram Kenton
Motown the Musical opens at the Birmingham Alexandra Theatre on 11th October 2018. For full tour dates and tickets, visit the official website here