Hit West End show, Motown The Musical, is set to have Leeds audiences Dancing In The street when it runs at Leeds Grand Theatre from Tuesday 6 to Saturday 17 November 2018 as part of a major UK and Ireland tour.
With over 50 Motown classics, including Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, I’ll Be There, Dancing In The Street, Stop! In The Name Of Love, My Girl and I Heard It through the Grapevine. Motown the Musical tells the story of Motown Founder and heavy-weight music mogul, Berry Gordy, and the legendary record label that changed music history and created the soundtrack of a generation.
With just $800 borrowed from his family, Gordy discovered and launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and many more.
Charles Randolph-Wright, Director said: “I am so thrilled that we have been able to find this incredible cast of British artists for the UK tour of Motown the Musical. Their talent has astounded us all, as they embody the soul of Motown and capture the energy and essence of those iconic artists. We are so excited to bring this show to cities across the UK and can’t wait to begin.”
Motown The Musical will star: Edward Baruwa (Les Misérables) in the leading role of Berry Gordy; Karis Anderson (girl group, Stooshe) as Diana Ross; Nathan Lewis (finalist on ITV’s The X Factor in 2016 as part of boyband ‘Five After Midnight’) as Smokey Robinson; Shak Gabbidon-Williams (The Lion King) as Marvin Gaye and ‘local lad’, Matt Mills, will feature as one of The Temptations.
Ahead of the performance, TopicUK editor Gill Laidler caught up with Leeds born actor Matt Mills who plays Eddie Kendricks from The Temptations and is understudy for the lead role of Berry Gordy.
“I am a huge Motown fan, so this is the perfect role for me,” Matt told us. “Michael Jackson has to be my favourite musical artist, but certainly Eddie Kendricks is a close second, I really didn’t know much about him or the Temptations ahead of the production, but he was an incredibly talented singer. My favourite film is Sister Act which includes lots of Motown songs, it is a sound I grew up with. The label is iconic and can never be repeated, it is unique to Detroit and was a home to many at a crucial time in their lives.”
Motown The Musical is at Leeds Grand Theatre from Tuesday 6 to Saturday 17 November 2018
Book online at leedsgrandtheatre.com or call Box Office on 0844 848 2700