Last week I went to Shaftesbury theatre to see Motown the musical! I went with my mum and we had great seats in the Royal circle. We went to the 7.30 pm show which is available Monday to Saturday. On Thursdays and Saturdays they have a matinee at 2.30 pm.
The show is about Berry Gordy who founded Motown records launching the career of Diana Ross and the supremes, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and the Temptations and many others. The show explains the struggles of starting Motown records and the romance and rocky relationship between Berry Gordy and Diana Ross. The musical touches on racial and political issues of the time which impacted Motown music being played on the radio. The story line is good but the show is focused more on the music.
The show has over 50 Motown hits with songs such as “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” – Marvin Gaye, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” – Diana Ross, “Do You Love Me” – The Contours, “I Want You Back” – Jackson Five, “You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me” – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles.
The first few songs were a bit too loud and pitchy but after that it sounded amazing. The choreography was also spectacular. The boy who played little Michael Jackson had an amazing singing voice! Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson were also brilliant.
Before heading to the theatre we went to Cafe Mode which was a few minutes walk from Shaftesbury Theatre. The restaurant has an evening meal set menu with 2 courses and a glass of prosecco for £14.99. I started off with bruschetta and my mum had bread and olives. For my main I had carbonara which was really creamy and tasty. My mum had the mushroom risotta which was also really nice!
You can book Motown the musical here until the 24th of February 2018
*Disclaimer I received tickets in exchange for a review*