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Motown - The Musical

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Closed January 4, 2015

"The hit machine is running on all cylinders in 'Motown'!"

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Why See Motown - The Musical?

The Hit-machine on Tour

More than just a Broadway show, Motown: The musical is an incredible look back at the country's most loved genre and the music that transformed America. This hit Broadway musical garnered four nominations at the 2013 Tony Awards and now its musical magic is set to hit theatres throughout the US, coming to Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh , PA , Closed January 4, 2015

Filled with the back stories of legends such as Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson and a whole host of the motor city's favourite stars, and featuring billboard busting classics like 'My Girl' and 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough', this is an uplifting show about how Motown broke down racial barriers and got us all dancing to the same rhythm!

What is Motown: The Musical about?

Motown: The Musical follows writing impresario and founder of the Motown label, Berry Gordy as he fights against the odds to turn his improbable dream into all singing, all dancing reality. Adapted from Berry's own 1994 autobiography, 'To Be Loved', this is an incredible walk down memory lane, as we see how Smokey got his honey toned voice and how Diana found fame, amongst 50 classic songs that are guaranteed to keep you dancing all night long.

Did you know?

Berry Gordy nearly turned down the Jackson Five, because he didn't want to work with kids. It was Gladys Knight who eventually pursuaded him to sign them, a year later!

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Opening night: 30 December 2014


Suitable for audiences of all ages

Run time

Two hours and 45 minutes, which includes a 15-minute intermission

Cast and Creative


Josh Tower as Berry Gordy
Allison Semmes as Diana Ross
Jesse Nager as Smokey Robinson
Jarran Muse as Marvin Gaye


Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright

Book by Berry Gordy, Jr.

Produced by Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy

Scenic Design by David Korins


Nominated for FOUR 2013 Tony Awards including:

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical - Valisia LeKae

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical - Charl Brown

Best Orchestrations

Best Sound Design of a Musical

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Maceo: “Exciting....so many memories”

Fast-paced...energetic....fun night out...I could go on...just go and see... more

T & T: “BDay Surprise!”

This was a birthday gift surprise and might I add that it was one of the... more

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