Motown the Musical

Motown the MusicalMotown the Musical

Shaftesbury Theatre,
210 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8DP

Booking period: until October 2017.



Obioma Ugoala will join the cast in the role of Smokey Robinson from 4 July 2016.

Motown the Musical opens 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 by Charles Randolph-Wright.  

With just $800 borrowed from his family, Motown founder Berry Gordy, goes from featherweight boxer to heavyweight music mogul, discovering and launching the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and many more.  Motown the Musical uncovers the true story of the legendary record label that changed music history and created the soundtrack of a generation.  

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 and I Heard It through the Grapevine, Charles Randolph-Wright’s production tells the story behind the classic hits.


Cedric Neal’s (Berry Gordy)
Lucy St. Louis (Diana Ross)
Charl Brown
(Smokey Robinson) Obioma Ugoala from 4 July 2016
Sifiso Mazibuko (Marvin Gaye)
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).
Tanya Nicole Edwards (Florence Ballard)
Portia Harry
(Teena Marie) and
Jordan Shaw (Stevie Wonder)

Eshan Gopal, 12 years old from Kingsbury, London, 13 year old Kwame Kandekore from Leicester and 11 year old Joshua Tikare from Bromley will alternate the role of Young Michael Jackson.

Jay Bryce, Daniel Bailey, Edward Baruwa, Eddie Elliott, Christopher Fry, Alex Hammond, Edward Handoll, Simon Ray Harvey, Elias Hendricks, Brian James Leys, Jayde Nelson, Kieran McGinn, Simone Mistry Palmer, Carl Spencer and Marcel J Whyte.


Music supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by Ethan Popp,
Co-orchestrations and additional arrangements by Bryan Cook,
Dance arrangements by Zane Mark and
Music direction by Gareth Weedon.
Choreography is by Patricia Wilcox and Warren Adams,
Scenic design by David Korins,
Costumes by Esosa,
Lighting by Natasha Katz,
Sound by Peter Hylenski and
Projections by Daniel Brodie.

UK associate director is Tara Wilkinson, UK associate set designer is Andrew Edwards and UK associate lighting designer is Alistair GrantMotown the Musical will be produced in the West End by Kevin McCollumDoug MorrisBerry Gordy and Adam Spiegel.

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.


Booking Information | Motown the Musical

Shaftesbury Theatre,
210 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8DP

Booking period: until October 2017.