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.”
Mark Shenton for The Stage said the music was:
“…so thrillingly and beautifully rendered, this jukebox trip down memory lane just can’t fail.”
For The Telegraph, Dominic Cavendish called Motown:
“…a lavish, slick, song-crammed show”.
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”.
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”.
But Libby Purves of Theatrecat.com was much more enthusiastic, saying of Motown:
“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”
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.”
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
210 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8DP
Booking until Feb 2017