Motown the Musical Opens Tonight in London

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The West End production plays the Shaftesbury Theatre.
Cedric Neal
Cedric Neal

The West End premiere of Motown the Musical officially opens March 8 following previews that began Feb. 11.

The cast is led by Cedric Neal as Berry Gordy and Lucy St. Louis at Diana Ross. Also in the cast are Charl Brown as Smokey Robinson and Sifiso Mazibuko as Marvin Gaye. They are joined by Keisha Amponsa Banson as Mary Wells, Cindy Belliot as Anna Gordy, Samuel Edwards as Jackie Wilson, Tanya Nicole Edwards as Florence Ballard, Portia Harry as Teena Marie, Aisha Jawando as Martha Reeves, Joshua Liburd as Eddie Kendricks, Simeon Montague as Jermaine Jackson, Cleopatra Rey as Gladys Knight, Brandon Lee Sears as Tito Jackson, Jordan Shaw as Stevie Wonder and Cherelle Williams as Mary Wilson.

Eshan Gopal, 12 years old from Kingsbury, London, 13-year-old Kwame Kandekore from Leicester and 11-year-old Joshua Tikare from Bromley alternate in the role of Young Michael Jackson.

They are joined by swings and ensemble members Jay Bryce, Daniel Bailey, Edward Baruwa, Eddie Elliott, Christopher Fry, Alex Hammond, Edward Handoll, Simon Ray Harvey, Elias Hendricks, Brian James Leys, Jayde Nelson, Kieran McGinn, Simone Mistry Palmer, Carl Spencer and Marcel J Whyte.

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.

St. Louis was recently seen 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 ESOSA, 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 for more details.

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