Motown the Musical, which tells the story of the legendary US record label, has been proclaimed a hit by most critics.
Motown founder Berry Gordy, Supremes star Mary Wilson and singer Smokey Robinson all attended Tuesday’s opening night in London.
The show, written by Gordy, arrives in the West End after a two-year run on Broadway and a US tour.
It features some 50 songs including Dancing In The Street and My Girl.
But while one critic suggested this could be “the ultimate jukebox musical”, others found the script wanting.
Here is a round-up of reviews:
The Telegraph – Dominic Cavendish ****
“In its triumphant new West End incarnation, it gives a valuable leg-up to a mass of young, gifted and black British talent and puts such a spring in its audience’s step, you may well see people dancing in the street along Shaftesbury Avenue…
“The show moves beyond being a welcome nostalgia fest and becomes an urgent rallying cry for us all to rediscover our Motown mojo.”
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The Stage – Mark Shenton ****
“Motown the Musical may just be the ultimate jukebox musical. Short of putting a physical jukebox on the stage and playing a succession of the records once minted by the famous Detroit-based record label that emerged in the 1950s and made a succession of black solo artists and singing groups into global superstars, musicals don’t get more like a parade of wall-to-wall hits than this.
“The music is so thrillingly and beautifully rendered, this jukebox trip down memory lane just can’t fail.”
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British Theatre.com Douglas Mayo *****
“Motown breaks free of the normal constraints of a jukebox musical. It is a joyous, exuberant celebration of life, of challenge and ultimately of success.
“I can’t recall a time in recent memory when an audience sang and danced their way out of the …read more
Source:: BBC Entertainment