Broadway hit received rave reviews – and no wonder, as it has an award-winning cast led by director Charles Randolph-Wright. Charles says: ‘There’s a T-shirt at the Motown Museum in Detroit that says “Live It Again”, and that is what I expect audiences will do. For those too young to live it again, I hope they will “live it” for the first time.’
The musical is based on the life of Berry Gordy, the ambitious car assembly-line worker in 1950s Detroit, who founded Motown Records, launching the careers of Diana Ross and the Supremes, Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. The story begins in 1983 on the 25th anniversary of Motown Records, with Berry looking back over his career in an era of racial tension.
A 16-piece orchestra plays 67 feel-good hits, including My Girl and Dancing in the Street. Charles adds: ‘My favourite part of the show is when Marvin Gaye sings What’s Going On after Martin Luther King is assassinated and riots erupt. Every time the cast performs it, there is a palpable feeling in the audience. Then the roof blows o the theatre when a young Michael Jackson appears.’ You’ll be doing the mashed potato in the aisle…
Tickets for this musical can be found here: Motown The Musical