Casting Announced for West End Premiere of Motown the Musical; Broadway's Cedric Neal to Star

News   Casting Announced for West End Premiere of Motown the Musical; Broadway's Cedric Neal to Star
 
Casting has been announced for the West End premiere of Motown the Musical, beginning performances Feb. 11, 2016, prior to an official opening March 8 at the Shaftesbury Theatre. The cast will be led by Cedric Neal as Berry Gordy and Lucy St. Louis at Diana Ross.

Further casting includes Keisha Amponsa Banson (Mary Wells), Cherelle Williams (Mary Wilson), Cleopatra Rey (Gladys Knight), Cindy Belliot (Anna Gordy), Aisha Jawondo (Martha Reeves), Samuel Edwards (Jackie Wilson), Brandon Lee Sears (Tito Jackson), Joshua Liburd (Eddie Kendricks) and Simeon Montague (Jermaine Jackson). They are joined by Daniel Bailey, Edward Baruwa, Tanya Nicola Edwards, Eddie Elliot, Portia Harry and Simon Ray Harvey.

Charles Randolph-Wright (Director), Aisha Jawondo (Martha Reeves), Berry Gordy, Lucy St. Louis (Diana Ross) and Cedric Neal (Berry Gordy)
Charles Randolph-Wright (Director), Aisha Jawondo (Martha Reeves), Berry Gordy, Lucy St. Louis (Diana Ross) and Cedric Neal (Berry Gordy) Photo by Craig Sugden

Neal's Broadway credits include After Midnight and The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess. He has also appeared regionally in Dreamgirls (for Arlington VA's Signature Theatre, for which he won a Helen Hayes Award) and at Dallas Theater Center, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, American Repertory Theater and Zach Theater . He was a recurring character on the television series "Friday Night Lights."

St. Louis is currently performing in Beautiful – The Carole King Musical at the Aldwych Theatre. Previous London theatre credits include The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre and Ragtime for Regent's Park Open Air Theatre.



Featuring a book by Berry Gordy, who was founder of Motown, the show is directed by Charles Randolph-White and designed by David Korins. Costumes are by EOPSA, with lighting by Natasha Katz, sound by Peter Hylenski and casting by Pippa Ailion.



To book tickets, which are initially booking through Oct. 22, contact the box office on 020 7379 5399, or visit www.motownthemusical.co.uk for more details.

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