Yes, I am posting this #PressPass at gone 4am – blame those incessant Motown hits that keep spinning round and round and round my head after attending tonight’s (technically, now last night’s) West End premiere of the Broadway hit, Motown the Musical.
You will know, of course, that this is the (company?) bio-musical telling the story of the legendary American record label of the same name, and more particularly, of the songwriter turned semi-reluctant mogul Berry Gordy who founded said record label on an $800 loan and abundant reserves of determination.
But do you know what the critics, and other press, said? Well, as of 4am – and I’ll update when more are published at a rational hour – the overnight reviews are largely positive, buoyed on a wave of nostalgia and appreciation for the Motown sound. The show’s detractors, including the Guardian‘s esteemed Michael Billington, were decidedly unimpressed by the patchy book, which even the its fans admit is it’s “weak spot”.
Here’s a snapshot (with links) of what’s out, plus other opening news, interviews and pics – Mary Wells was sat just behind me and, I can tell you, she really did look AMAZING – and a West End live-streaming first.
Motown the Musical is currently booking at the West End’s Shaftesbury Theatre until 18 February 2017.
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