Motown The Musical is set open at London’s Shaftesbury Theatre in February. Based on a book by company founder Berry Gordy and directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, the show tells the story of Detroit’s legendary label and, of course, features lots of Motown classics. Many of the lead parts have been cast, but auditions are still ongoing for more performers.
Cedric Neal (Berry Gordy) and Lucy St. Louis (Diana Ross) will lead the cast.
London previews will begin on February 11, 2016, with press night on March 8, 2016, with the show booking to October 22, 2016.
Further casting includes Keisha Amponsa Banson (Mary Wells), Cherelle Williams (Mary Wilson), Cleopatra Rey (Gladys Knight), Cindy Belliot (Anna Gordy), Aisha Jawando (Martha Reeves), Samuel Edwards (Jackie Wilson), Brandon Lee Sears (Tito Jackson), Joshua Liburd (Eddie Kendricks) and Simeon Montague (Jermaine Jackson). They are joined by Daniel Bailey, Edward Baruwa, Tanya Nicola Edwards, Eddie Elliott, Portia Harry and Simon Ray Harvey. Final full casting will be announced shortly.
Cedric Neal‘s (Berry Gordy) US theatre credits include After Midnight on Broadway, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess on Broadway and for Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Dreamgirls for the Signature Theatre for which he won a Helen Hayes Award, The Who’s Tommy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Stagger Lee for the Dallas Theater Center. Neal has also worked at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, American Repertory Theater, Zach Theater and was a recurring character on the television series Friday Night Lights.
Lucy St. Louis (Diana Ross) is currently performing in Beautiful – The Carole King Musical at the Aldwych Theatre. Her previous theatre credits include The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre, Ragtime for Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Peter Pan for the Venue Cymru, Llandudno and Ultimate Broadway for the Shanghai Culture Square Theatre. On film, she will be seen in the upcoming Disney live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast.
More updates as we get them.