Thursday, 14 May 2015

UPDATED: Motown The Musical to open at the Shaftesbury Theatre on 11th February 2016

Producers have confirmed that tickets for Motown The Musical will go on sale today (15th May).

The production will open at the Shaftesbury Theatre on 8th March 2016 (previews from 11th February) and is booking until 22nd October 2016. Casting and further information about Motown The Musical will be released shortly.

Producer Berry Gordy said: "I am thrilled to be bringing Motown back to the UK fifty years after our first visit back in 1965 when Diana Ross and The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and I came to London for our very first UK tour. Half a century later we are delighted to be returning, this time bringing our story and the Motown sound on stage at the Shaftesbury Theatre in the legendary West End."

Motown The Musical premiered on Broadway in April 2013 where it ran until January 2015. Baz Bamigboye suggests that the book has been rewritten for the West End run and ten minutes has been cut from the running time.

Featuring a sixteen piece 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, I Heard It Through The Grapevine and For Once In My Life, Charles Randolph-Wright’s production tells the story behind the classic hits.

With just $800 borrowed from his family, Motown founder Berry Gordy, goes from featherweight boxer to heavyweight music mogul, discovering and launching the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and many more. Motown The Musical uncovers the true story of the legendary record label that changed music history and created the soundtrack of a generation. 

Motown The Musical has music supervision is by orchestrations and arrangements by Ethan Popp, co-orchestrations and additional arrangements by Bryan Cook, dance arrangements by Zane Mark and music direction by Gareth Weedon. Choreography is by Patricia Wilcox and Warren Adams, scenic design by David Korins, costumes by Esosa, lighting by Natasha Katz, sound by Peter Hylenski and projections by Daniel Brodie. 

Motown The Musical will be produced in the West End by Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris, Berry Gordy and Adam Spiegel.

Earlier this week producers of Memphis The Musical, which currently runs at the Shaftesbury Theatre, announced that the show will "continues to the end of its scheduled run in the West End on 31st October 2015".

Visit www.motownthemusical.co.uk for further info and tickets.

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