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A Step Back from Twickenham: Motown The Musical

10 March 2017

First Birthday of West End Production of Motown The Musical

Shaftesbury Theatre, London

Review by Teresa Read

 

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 and the Supremes, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and many more.

 

Motown uncovers the true story of the legendary record label that changed music history and created the soundtrack of a generation.

Motown the Musical is not just a medley of Motown hits but is entwined with the social history of the USA and the part played by Berry Gordy and his aim to make black music part of American mainstream culture.

Starting with vibrant song and dance the scene moves to Gordy as a young boy inspired by Joe Louis, the heavyweight champion of the world. Born in 1929 in Detroit – Motor City – Gordy went on to found Motown Records. In 1960 Gordy’s friend, Smokey Robinson – and the Miracles – sold a million records with “Shop Around”, followed by the Marvelettes with Please Mr Postman reaching No 1 in the record charts.

An energetic and colourful performance of Dancing in the Street, co-written by Marvin Gaye and recorded by Martha and the Vandellas in 1964, was one of many songs in the show – a classic of pop culture.

For full review visit Twickenham Tribune website:

 

 

Motown the Musical is based on Berry Gordy’s autobiography: To Be Loved

Teresa Read

March 2017

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