Monday, 5 October 2015

Cedric Neal to star in West End premiere of Motown The Musical

It has been announced that Cedric Neal will star as Berry Gordy in the West End premiere of Motown The Musical! The show will also star Lucy St. Louis as Diana Ross.

The cast also includes: Keisha Amponsa Banson (Mary Wells), Cherelle Williams (Mary Wilson), Cleopatra Rey (Gladys Knight), Cindy Belliot (Anna Gordy), Aisha Jawondo (Martha Reeves), Samuel Edwards (Jackie Wilson), Brandon Lee Sears (Tito Jackson), Joshua Liburd (Eddie Kendricks) and Simeon Montague (Jermaine Jackson).

They are joined by Daniel Bailey, Edward Baruwa, Tanya Nicola Edwards, Eddie Elliot, Portia Harry and Simon Ray Harvey. Final casting to be announced.

Neal previously starred as Sportin' Life in The Gershwins' Porgy And Bess at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. He starred in the original Broadway production of After Midnight  and in the Broadway revival of Porgy and Bess.
Motown The Musical will open at the Shaftesbury Theatre on 8th March 2016 (previews from 11th February) and is booking until 22nd October 2016.

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.

UPDATE (6th October): Check out images from yesterday's press launch, hosted by Lenny Henry, below. Photos by Craig Sugden.

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