Motown the Musical Returns to London West End at Shaftesbury Theatre

Motown the Musical has returned to London at the Shaftesbury Theatre and will run shows through 5th January 2019.

Dubbed ‘the story behind the sound’, Motown the Musical follows the legendary career of Berry Gordy. After founding Motown Records on an $800 loan, Berry has signed a series of groundbreaking artists. In fact, some of them were Diana Ross and the Supremes, Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5, and Stevie Wonder. The show features over 40 classic songs such as My GirlStop! In the Name of Love, and Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.

(From left to right) Brandon Lee Sears, Samuel Edwards, Eshan Gopal, Simon Ray Harvey, and Simon Montague play the Jackson 5 on Motown the Musical. Photo courtesy of Alastair Muir.
(From left to right) Brandon Lee Sears, Samuel Edwards, Eshan Gopal, Simon Ray Harvey, and Simon Montague play the Jackson 5 on Motown the Musical. Photo courtesy of Alastair Muir.

Meet the cast of Motown the Musical

Cedric Neal is making his West End debut on Motown as the lead character, Berry Gordy. His previous theatre work includes Rhythm of Life–A Cy Coleman Revue (St James’ Theatre), The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), and the Tony Award-nominated After Midnight (Broadway). Moreover, Cedric won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical for Dreamgirls at Helen Hayes Award and for Tick, Tick…BOOM! at Leon Rabin Awards.

Lucy St Louis plays Miss Diana Ross. She has been in several stage productions like Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Aldwych Theatre), Peter Pan (Venue Cymru/Llandudno and Hawth Theatre/Crawley Theatre), and Ultimate Theatre (Shanghai Cultural Square Theatre). Lucy was also in the recent film, Beauty and the Beast by Walt Disney Pictures.

Meanwhile, Playing Smokey Robinson is Obioma Ugoala. He has performed in theatre productions such as Richard IIHenry IV Parts I and II, and Henry V, to name a few. Meanwhile, his TV and film credits include BBC’s Doctors and Walt Disney Pictures’ Beauty and the Beast.

Lastly, Sifiso Mazibuko performs as Marvin Gaye. His previous stage work in the UK include The Tempest (Flute Theatre), A Land Without People, and The First Actress (Palindrome Productions). He also played in theatre productions of Shaka Zulu the Musical and Dreamgirls in South Africa.

Joining them are ensembles KM Drew Boateng, Ryan Carter, Samuel Edwards, Vanessa Fisher, Dujonna Gift-Simms, Assistant Dance Captain Simon Ray Harvey, Terique Jarrett, Cameron Bernard Jones, Cleopatra Joseph, and more.

Update as of 22nd July 2017 @ 1:45 PM: Beginning 4th September, David Albury and Kayi Ushe will replace Obioma Ugoala and Sifiso Mazibuko as Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye, respectively.

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