Shaftesbury Theatre


11 Feb 2016 - 05 Jan 2019

£23.00 - £167.00

Pro reviewers rating
14 reviews

2.9 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

Follows the career of producer and songwriter Berry Gordy and the creation of Motown Records.

Gordy's label signed artists including Diana Ross and the Supremes, Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and The Temptations. 

The show features hits including My Girl, What's Going On, Dancing in the Street, I Heard It Through The Grapevine and Ain't No Mountain High Enough.

(Lead casting as from 6 March 2018)


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“Rejoice! Beyond the retro panache lies a thing of wit, dry intelligent self-knowledge... Neal is a wonderful Berry Gordy. ”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“The music is so thrillingly and beautifully rendered, this jukebox trip down memory lane just can't fail. ”

Mark Shenton (The Stage, London Theatre, Express)

“Doesn’t hit heights of dramatic sophistication... The musical legacy is allowed, again and again, to speak for itself. ”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Big, bold and brassy... Mazibuko makes a good go of expressing Gaye’s sensitivity and troubled conscience and sings beautifully.”

Neil Norman (Express, The Stage)

“Cliches abound.. Neal admirably throws everything he has at the duff lines... Five-star songs with two-star storytelling. ”

Quentin Letts (Daily Mail)

“What’s not to like?.. Faithful and dynamic re-creations of some of the greatest pieces of soul pop ever recorded. ”

Dominic Maxwell (The Times)

“Splendid voices... but little else to recommend it... As much dramatic interest as album notes. ”

Michael Arditti (Express)

“Motown classics served up with punch, pizazz and some fairly obvious backtracking... Comes across as a muddled vanity exercise. ”

Michael Coveney (What's on Stage, The Stage, Independent)

“Randolph-Wright directs this particular pop-parade with kaleidoscopic efficiency and there are decent performances all round. ”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Energetic jukebox musical squeezes 50 infectious songs into two and a half hours... What’s missing is a compelling story. ”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“The band is tight, the top notes hit, the large ensemble have buckets of sass... No-one manages to make the dialogue work. ”

Holly Williams (What's On Stage, Time Out, Independent)

“An evening of charmless exertion and banal dialogue... A talented cast cannot save the show. ”

Kate Kellaway (Observer)

“Can a show be musically unimpeachable and also not very good? Yes. Yes it can... Effectively one enormous montage sequence. ”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Minor-league jukebox venture became a Broadway hit courtesy of an unbeatable back catalogue... Relentless... self-hagiography. ”

Matt Wolf (Arts Desk)

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