MOTOWN THE MUSICAL (musical - duh!)
Captioned performance: 21st October 2017 at 2.30pm
How boxer Berry Gordy borrowed $800 and founded a record label launching
such wonders as Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye and The Jackson 5.
Cedric Neal (Berry Gordy) and Lucy St. Louis (Diana Ross) will lead the
cast. Other casting includes Keisha Amponsa Banson (Mary Wells), Cherelle
Williams (Mary Wilson), Cleopatra Rey (Gladys Knight), Cindy Belliot (Anna
Gordy), Aisha Jawondo (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 Elliot, Portia Harry and Simon Ray Harvey.
Music and lyrics for the show are taken from the legendary Motown catalogue
and book by Motown founder Berry Gordy, and the show is directed by Charles
Aisha Jawondo (Martha Reeves) talks about the show:
Not available. Professional reviewers produce exactly the response the monkey
expected. A few rated it for its projected set, performances (Lucy St Louis as
Diana Ross, Charl Brown as Smokey Robinson; Sifiso Mazibuko as Marvin Gaye,
Jordan Shaw as Stevie Wonder, plus juvenile Eshan Gopal, who is one of the
children playing Michael Jackson). They also found it energetic and enlivening,
even if the book and script were occasionally risible, in their learned
The rest of the press emphasise the witlessness of yet another
"jukebox" musical - one where the songs don't even really serve the story
particularly well. As a hit-tory lesson, perhaps it works slightly, mostly it is
a few impressive set pieces with a lot of other song fragments around them.
For those in the mood for the period and music, probably going to be a great
evening out, seems to be the verdict.