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Shaftesbury Theatre

Shaftesbury Theatre
210 Shaftesbury Avenue

4 min walk from Tottenham Court Road Tube Station. Head east on New Oxford Street, turn right onto Shaftesbury Ave and the theatre will be on the left.

Tottenham Court Road station is 4 minute walk (330 metres)



Show notes

Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Booking from: 25 Oct 2016

Booking until: 28 Oct 2017

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The Show
"The beat of a generation. The Soul of a nation."
Directed by Broadway veteran Charles Randolph-Wright, choreographed by Patricia Wilcox with costumes designed by the award-winning ESosa, Motown The Musical celebrates the music that tore down sociocultural barriers across the USA at a time of ongoing political strife. An emphatic catalogue of songs and artists are reunified as record label founder Berry Gordy reminisces about the rise of superstars such as Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson amongst many others. Gordy's tale encapsulates the decades of his triumphant struggle to realise his artists' dreams, told in a style that has audiences entranced in a whirlwind of nostalgic adulation for the era-defining music many a generation will still remember fondly today. Fifty classic Motown tracks including "My Girl", "Dancing in the Street", "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" and "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" are lovingly revisited featuring an eighteen piece orchestra arranged by Ethan Popp & Bryan Crook, creating a spectacle like no other and an experience not to be missed.

History of Motown The Musical
Based on Gordy's 1994 autobiography "To be loved: The Music, The Magic, The Memories of Motown", this exciting new jukebox musical opened on Broadway in April 2013 to advance box office numbers of $16 million - it was subsequently performed 738 times until embarking on a lucrative national tour of America to huge success. Motown The Musical has now made the voyage across the Atlantic to London's West End and is sure to see the same level of success in the UK as it enjoyed at home.

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Awards & what the Critics say
Motown The Musical received four Tony Award nominations, one which was for best orchestrations (Popp & Crook). Patricia Wilcox, who oversaw the choreography received an Astaire award for Outstanding Choreographer of a Broadway Show in 2013

Critics have been resoundingly positive towards Motown The Musical - the consensus seems to focus on just how unique and exhilarating the show is - "Something close to rapture spreads through the audience" the New York Times recalls, while CBS defines it as "More than a Broadway show... a celebration of music that transformed America". According to the Hollywood Reporter, "There's no denying the power and energy of the show's arsenal of killer tunes. There's an enormous kick of watching them performed live that no IPod playlist can match"

Interesting facts about Motown The Musical
  • Before Motown, Berry Gordy was a professional boxer who fought on the same fight-card as Joe Louis in 1948 - Louis was one of his heroes whom he credits for inspiring him to seek success
  • Gordy started his company with an $800 loan from his family in 1959
  • For a significant time during the 1960s, Motown Records was the largest black-owned company in America
  • Motown The Musical cost $18 million to make, which was recouped by late 2014, just over 18 months after its original Broadway debut
  • There is an exhibit in the Schomburg Centre for Research called "Motown: The Truth is a Hit", dedicated to both the music as a genre and an instrument to social change, and the musical itself

Motown the Musical audience reviews

Superb, 93%Score from 357 reviews

"From start to finished polish performance ,slick dancing ,musically on note did not want it to end"24/10/2016


"Motown the musical was out of this world and full of so many great hits."


"Excellent. Exceeded expectations."


"Fab show"

"Fantastic show!"18/10/2016

"Show was fantastic and great fun! But seats could have been better as was far away and also very cramped as no leg room."

"Absolutely fabulous!!"16/10/2016

"Loved this show!! Just wanted to get up and dance!!"


"The show was amazing"

"The best way of learning about Motown 😎"12/10/2016

"Full of good stuff..."

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