Review: Motown The Musical at The Alexandra, Birmingham

by Julie Wallis twitter.com/nicenic63

Motown The Musical at The Alexandra, Birmingham

Motown the Musical launches the new look to The Alexandra theatre in Birmingham. How very fitting that this dazzling, star studded, music feast is the first production at the now equally dazzling Alexandra. Fresh from a huge makeover that brings her bang up to date.

Motown The Musical, as it’s title suggests, tells the story of 25 years of Motown music, following founder, Berry Gordy (Edward Baruwa) as he mets and signs the likes of Diana Ross (Karis Anderson) Smokey Robinson (Nathan Lewis) Marvin Gaye (Shak Gabbidon-Williams) and then goes on to produce hit after hit. This show has over 60 songs and you will know each and every one.

Motown The Musical West End cast - The Supremes photo by Tristram Kenton
Motown The Musical West End cast – The Supremes photo by Tristram Kenton

There is something about the likes of Baby Love, You Can’t Hurry Love or Stop In The Name Of Love, that makes me tap my toes and sing along. I was not alone, the entire auditorium was encouraged to sing, clap along and enjoy one the best shows I remember.

The casting is wonderful and I did come away feeling I had seen Diana Ross evolve into a star.

Motown The Musical West End Cast - The Four Tops photo by Tristram Kenton
Motown The Musical West End Cast – The Four Tops photo by Tristram Kenton

Motown The Musical is a big night out, the tunes just keep coming at you, with barely time to take a breathe the next song is there, this is high energy and highly entertaining. It’s also incredibly glamorous, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a show with more sequins and so much big hair! Lots and lots of costumes changes, Motown The Musical made me laugh and cry but mostly I felt happy. This really is the ultimate ‘feelgood’ show and suitable for all the family. Last night’s huge and very loud standing ovation told me that everyone else loved it too.

Choreography by Patricia Wilcox and Warren Adams was perfect. I enjoyed watching the “Four Tops” and the young “Jackson 5” and there was a very energetic but highly complex routine that I think was during the song Ball Of Confusion.

Motown The Musical West End Cast - The Temptations photo by Tristram Kenton
Motown The Musical West End Cast – The Temptations photo by Tristram Kenton

There are many set changes, it’s a very busy show, but the changes are clever, quick and very slick. The addition of a live band, now I say band, I would have said orchestra, but my program credits a band. When does a band become an orchestra? Anyway, live music really adds the final flourish to an already perfect show.

If you only get to see one show this year, my recommendation would be to see Motown The Musical. It really is perfect.

Motown The Musical is at the Alexandra until 3rd November. Book tickets here:

atgtickets.com/shows/motown-the-musical/alexandra-theatre-birmingham


This isn’t a sponsored post. #BrumHour was invited see Motown The Musical by The Alexandra.

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