A lifetime in the making Motown the Musical bursts on to the stage at the Leeds Grand Theatre teaching us the true meaning of soul. The American history lesson begins as our imagination is taken back to the 1950’s where soul was born in the inspiration of the artists from that time. ‘Soul is the marriage of Gospel, Rock ‘N’ Roll and the Blues, and ain’t nothing but a feeling’ and boy do we get that feeling!
Berry Gordy (Edward Baruwa) had a dream, and that dream was to own and run the most successful record label in America. For a time, he was at the top of his game and was responsible for discovering some of the most icon artists of the 20thcentury including Smokey Robinson (Nathan Lewis), Marvin Gaye (Shak Gabbidon-Williams) and the Supremes with Diana Ross (Karis Anderson). With a roller coaster of a ride we fly through the years with unforgettable hit after hit, warming our hearts taking us right back to that incredible time and feeling. Life doesn’t always run smoothly and with the underlying essence of hardship and racism in the air they break the status quo with music. Romance and learning the true meaning of soul brings this timeless story to life before our eyes.
Some truly fabulous performances from the cast with Edward Baruwa as Berry incapsulating the angst and struggle to be the best, and the sacrifices he inevitably will make. With a voice full of soul and a remarkable likeness to the diva herself, Karis Anderson as Diana Ross delivers a fantastic performance sending shivers down your spine. Shak Gabbidon-Williams as Marvin Gaye is hilarious with some great comic moments lightening the mood with amazing swagger! And Nathan Lewis as Smokey hitting those high notes with elegant ease.
Everyone in the production gives it all with some excellent renditions of The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes and The Jackson 5 all creating nostalgia in this brilliant production not to be missed!