“Motown” musical will be performed at Carol Morsani Hall (The Straz Center) in Tampa, FL numerous times during August 2017. Choose best time from the schedule, select preferred seats, get tickets in advance and enjoy great play!
Motown: The Musical is a jukebox musical that premiered on Broadway in April 2013; it Motown: The Musical received four nominations at the 67th Tony Awards. The musical is based on Berry Gordy’s autobiography To Be Loved: The Music, the Magic, the Memories of Motown (1994), and on the history of his founding and running of the Motown record label, and his personal and professional relationships with Motown artists such as Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, and Michael Jackson. The production’s music and lyrics are taken from selections from the Motown catalog.
Motown: The Musical premiered on Broadway, at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, on April 14, 2013, after previews starting on March 11. The production was directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, with choreography by Patricia Wilcox, scenic design by David Korins, costumes by ESosa, lighting by Natasha Katz, sound design by Peter Hylenski, and projection design by Daniel Brodie. The musical finished its original Broadway run on January 18, 2015, closing after 37 previews and 738 regular performances.
A national tour began in April 2014, featuring Clifton Oliver and Allison Semmes. The show returned on July 12, 2016 to Broadway for an announced 18-week run at the Nederlander Theatre. However, the run closed earlier than expected, on July 31, 2016. The show is set to visit Tampa, FL in August 2017.
After speculation that a London production would be staged in the Dominion Theatre, which will be refurbished after We Will Rock You closes, an eventual West End production was announced in May 2015 for the Shaftesbury Theatre, to begin on February 11, 2016. The show was subsequently extended to October 28, 2017. The West End production is directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, who also directed this musical on Broadway and its US tour. The cast stars Cedric Neal (as Berry Gordy), Lucy St. Louis (as Diana Ross), Sifiso Mazibuko (as Marvin Gaye), and Obioma Ugoala (as Smokey Robinson).
Motown: The Musical received 4 Tony Award nominations: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Musical) (Valisia LeKae); Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role (Musical) (Charl Brown); Best Orchestrations (Ethan Popp and Bryan Crook); and Best Sound Design of a Musical (Peter Hylenski). The New York Times noted: “…’Motown the Musical,’ a huge hit, drew four nominations, but none of them were for best musical.” Valisia LeKae received a 2013 Theatre World Award for Outstanding Broadway or Off-Broadway Debut Performance.