The smash-hit Motown the Musical has arrived at Sunderland Empire. And boy is it spectacular! The show tells the story of Berry Gordy, the founder of the infamous Motown record label in this uplifting rags to riches story. Which launched the careers of superstars such as Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and Stevie Wonder!
Motown: Where it all began
With a start-up of $800, and an eye for talent, Gordy set up in Detroit where he signed his first artist Smokey Robinson. From here we see the label grow from its humble beginnings with the discoveries and signings of some of the biggest names in music history.
We see Berry Gordy’s professional struggles throughout the years as the hits start to dry up, and his most loved stars begin to sign with other labels. Not only that but we also get an inside look into his personal relationships.
As someone who had no idea about the story of Motown, I found this musical thrilling. I’d even go as far as to say it’s one of the best shows I’ve seen! Seeing how these artists defined the sound of a generation despite their struggles in a time when race divided so many people was incredible.
Not only does Motown hold a fantastic story, but has some soulful hits that the audience went crazy for! You can expect to hear some of the biggest hits such as ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’, ‘My Girl’ and ‘What’s Going On’.
Each and every singer, dancer and performer were outstanding! Karis Anderson who played Diana Ross gave off a warming presence. Particularly when she invited a member of the audience on stage to join her performance. From start to finish you’ll be wowed by the incredible voices of the likes of Edward Baruwa (Berry Gordy) and Shak Gabbidon-Williams (Marvin Gaye). Who won the audience over with his charm!
The overall production was also very impressive with clever uses of projection and retro sets. Also, archived footage from big events such as the assassinations of President Kennedy and Martin Luther King. You truly are transported through time and down memory lane with this musical!
Motown the Musical is at Sunderland Empire until the 26th October
You can grab your tickers here!
Gifted tickets: Guest post by Terri Talks