Valisia LeKae (Diana Ross), / l-r Brandson Victor Dixon (Berry Gordy), Valisia LeKae (Diana Ross), photo Joan Marcus
Cedric Neal (Berry Gordy) and Lucy St. Louis (Diana Ross) will lead the cast in the West End production of Motown the Musical, opening at the Shaftesbury Theatre in February 2016. With music and lyrics from the legendary Motown catalogue and book by Motown founder Berry Gordy, Motown the Musical is directed byCharles Randolph-Wright. London previews will begin on 11 February 2016, with press night on 8 March 2016, with the show booking to 22 October 2016.
Orginal Broadway cast, photo by Joan Marcus
Further casting 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 full casting will be announced shortly.
Sydney Morton, Valisia LeKae and Ariana DeBose as The Supremes, photo by Joan Marcus
Tony nominated Motown the Musical received its world premiere in April 2013 in New York at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre and recouped its $18 million investment by the end of 2014. The first US National Tour opened to critical acclaim last spring in Chicago, grossing $20 million dollars during its standing room only sixteen-week run, and continues to play to packed houses across America.
l-r Jesse Nagar, Donald Webber Jr, Julius Thomas III, Ephraim M Sykes, Jawan M Jackson as The Temptations, photo by Joan Marcus
Info: Motown the Musical UK opens at Shaftesbury Theatre, 210 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8DP on 11 February 2016 - booking until 22 October 2016 / book tickets
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