SuperBreak’s resident Theatre Guru, David Thomas, was lucky enough to have a sneak peek at the rehearsals for Motown The Musical, hitting London’s West End on 11th February 2016. He gives us the lowdown on what to expect from the show, and has captured some exclusive footage of the rehearsals.
Last Friday, we had sunshine on a cloudy day. It was cold outside, but we had the month of May. I guess you’d say, what could have made us feel this way? Motown, I’m talkin’ ‘bout Motown. (Apologies, I may have gotten a little bit carried away) But soon, the word ‘Motown’ will be on everyone’s lips, with Motown: The Musical previewing from the 11th of February, ahead of the stellar opening night on the 8th of March.
What is Motown The Musical about?
The show celebrates the amazing life story/love story of Berry Gordy, the founding genius behind the Motown Record Label.
One day, back in the 1950’s, Gordy, then a young boxer, was breaking for coffee when he noticed two sets of posters on the cafe wall. One poster depicted boxers in their twenties –who looked like they were in their fifties. The second poster showed band leaders in their fifties -who looked like they were in their twenties. No contest! Gordy hung up his gloves and moved into the music business… and thank the Lord he did. There isn’t space here to list all the great talents who Gordy nurtured within his ground-breaking Motown family, but any roll of honour would include Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross And The Supremes, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder… the list goes on!
And now audiences at Motown The Musical at the Shaftesbury Theatre, London, will be able to become part of the next chapter of this incredible story –AND treat themselves to a great night out experiencing live some of the greatest songs ever written.
Last Friday we snook into a rehearsal to catch a first glimpse of the show and talk to some of the stars. One week later and I am still buzzing!
Watch our exclusive footage of rehearsals and our interview with the cast of Motown The Musical below.