Our recent Readers’ Night at Motown the Musical was a foot-stomping success!
Julie Hart reports back.
WOW! What a show! I’ve no doubt that some of the audience were Dancing in The Street on their way home after seeing Motown!
Seated in the award winning (3 major architecture awards) and beautiful Shaftesbury Theatre, over 20 GTO readers and their guests were entertained from the opening song, Papa Was a Rolling Stone, through to the last, I wish!
Motown the Musical tells the thrilling tale of the man who broke barriers and fought against the odds to define the sound of a generation – complete with the ups and downs of the personal relationships, the professional struggles, and – of course – the music that made worldwide history and loved by millions.
Brandon Lee Sears was outstanding playing the part of Berry Gordy, who co-wrote his first song Reet Petite with his sister for Jackie Wilson. It produced a modest hit in the USA but reached the Top 10 in the UK. Today, Motown has produced over 180 worldwide No.1 hits, and still counting! The high energy from the cast was transferred through to the audience, clapping to the beat and feet dancing as well, and to the duet with a member of the audience singing Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand) with the very talented Lucy St Louis playing Diana Ross.
All of the cast were extremely talented and we were fortunate to meet Brandon Lee Sears (Berry Gordy), Lucy St Louis (Diana Ross), David Albury (Smokey Robinson) and Carl Spencer (Marvin Gaye) after the show who gave up their time to answer our questions along with a photo opportunity.
On behalf of the magazine and GTO readers who attended we would like to say a big thank you to Encore for the fantastic seats, free programme and drinks.
Motown will uplift you, make you want to dance and listening to songs such as My Guy, Ball of Confusion, ABC, Happy Birthday, Brick House, Who’s Lovin’ You and Ain’t No Mountain High Enough you’ll also be taken back to your own earlier memories! Motown will inspire you to Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand). A real feel good musical!
“A big thank you for arranging such a wonderful evening, I came away feeling really happy. It was a real treat to meet some of the cast and I will certainly be recommending the show to all my clients and friends who I know will enjoy it. Also thank you to Encore for the programme and drink which were much appreciated.”
SYLVIA Ultimate Global Meetings, London
“What a wonderful, joyous evening. The music was wonderful – the orchestra was great and the singers and dancers were fabulous. A very special musical especially for those of us who grew up with these songs. Would be very happy to recommend to friends and my group – Friends of the Disabled -to enjoy the vibrant music of our youth and to introduce the younger ones to superb entertainment. Thank you for the opportunity to see this show.”
JILL Organiser, Essex
“I was totally blown away from the very start of Motown the Musical and spent the whole evening with a broad grin on my face; unless of course I was singing along. I have since recommended this show to family and friends and am looking forward to speaking to my local WI and arranging a Group visit.”
ANN GTO, Godmersham
“Motown has had London audiences standing on their feet since it opened almost two years ago, and continues to wow theatregoers of all ages just like the first night. Great for all types of groups, it’s now booking through to January 2019!”
SERGIO CICALO Senior Trade Sales Manager, Encore