Motown The Musical – The Reviews

Following a dazzling Press Night on Tuesday 8th March 2016 in the presence of soul legend Smokey Robinson and Mr Motown himself Berry Gordy, the reviews are in! So what did the critics think of the show?

Britishtheatre.com’s Douglas Mayo called Motown:

“a joyous, exuberant celebration of life, of challenge and ultimately of success.”

5star

Read the full britishtheatre.com Motown The Musical review here.

Mark Shenton for The Stage said the music was:

“…so thrillingly and beautifully rendered, this jukebox trip down memory lane just can’t fail.”

4star
Read the full thestage.com Motown The Musical review here.

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“…this jukebox trip down memory lane just can’t fail”

For The Telegraph, Dominic Cavendish called Motown:

“…a lavish, slick, song-crammed show”.

4star
Read The Telegraph Motown the Musical review in full here.

"a joyous, exuberant celebration of life, of challenge and ultimately of success"
“a joyous, exuberant celebration of life, of challenge and ultimately of success”

The Guardian’s Michael Billington was rather less impressed, writing that the show has:

“plenty of pizzazz but this account of the music mogul’s rags-to-riches story leaves the key questions unanswered”.

2starRead The Guardian’s Motown The Musical review in full here.

Henry Hitchins for the Evening Standard wrote that:

“Wholehearted performances and the zest of a sizeable band go some way towards compensating for rickety storytelling, but the characters feel thin”.

2star
Read the Evening Standard Review for Motown The Musical in full here.

But Libby Purves of Theatrecat.com was much more enthusiastic, saying of Motown:

“It Glitters! It Sings! It makes sense, even in mad trousers!”

5star

Read Libby Purves’ Theatrecat review for Motown The Musical in full here.

"It Glitters! It Sings! It makes sense, even in mad trousers!"
“It Glitters! It Sings! It makes sense, even in mad trousers!”

Andrzej Lukowsi of Time Out described Motown as a Jukebox Musical with:

“…one of greatest set-lists ever… and one of the laziest scripts”

2star
Read the Time Out review of Motown The Musical in full here.

Last but by no means least, Tony Peters of Radio Times (which doesn’t give star ratings) perhaps sums up all the other reviews, saying of Motown:

“It doesn’t break any artistic boundaries, but it’s energetic, colourful and there’s no denying the quality of the music.”

Read the full Radio Times review of Motown The Musical here.

Let us know if we’ve missed any reviews! If you love great music and glitter, book tickets today for Motown The Musical and tell us what you think!

Motown The Musical
Shaftesbury Theatre
210 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8DP

Booking until Feb 2017