It was Alex’s birthday recently, and what better excuse to finally meet his dad.
Alex loves the theatre, and although he’d already seen the production his dad had booked before, he was still just as excited. Me, lucky enough to be invited too, I was ecstatic that I was finally getting to see the musical I’d wanted to book for such a long time.
Dinner first, the awkward questions soon passed “how did you meet?”, “When did you know you liked him?”, “What made you go for It?” – when you met at uni and first kissed on a boozy night out (ok after messaging as friends, and flirting a little, for quite a while), the face does start to turn a slight rosy colour when talking through the details. Who kissed who first? I wouldn’t remember. I was drunk.
Getting to know each other was fun though, and I could tell that Alex gets his cheeky side, which I love, from both his mum and his dad.
Ok so onto the show…
Motown is currently showing at Shaftesbury Theatre, not far from Tottenham Court Road station, and close to the Central Saint Giles Piazza, a great spot for eating out.
Motown the Musical follows the story of Berry Gordy, and the creation of Motown, his music empire. The musical tells the story from the very start in the 1950s, when Berry quit his job working on an automobile assembly line to follow his big dreams – to make people as happy and proud as his childhood hero, black American boxer Joe Louis, and bring the country together with music, at a time when it was still very racially divided.
Following all the highs and lows in Berry’s career and personal life along the way, the story and the way it’s protrayed pulls you in.
From the first hit for Motown, Please Mr. Postman, right through to the end, the musical reproductions were amazing. Helped of course by the actors and actresses who all filled the roles impeccably. Their vocals and whole character radiated who they were meant to be, and even the little touches of personality and movement weren’t left out.
A young Stevie Wonder was one of my fave characters. The actor even had the slight sway and constant head movement throughout, even during the finale. A fantastic representation which could have only been more authentic if Stevie had played the part himself.
Little Michael Jackson another fave. The young actor was INSANE. The moves, the voice, he had it all down, and was even able to do it all together at such a young age. Truly enviable.
We found ourselves singing along, or bopping to the beat, through most of the musical and all the big hits one might forget are Motown classics – My Girl, My Guy and All Night Long.
Not just about songs though, the musical really portrays the true passion and drive behind this music empire. You empathise with Berry along his journey, as you see the devotion and ambition in his heart and mind. As Berry goes through his highs and lows you almost feel as though you’re taking the journey too.
Sat in the royal circle, towards the back of the tier, we had a fantastic view of the stage. There were a couple of scenes whereby the actors made their way through the stalls to the stage, but apart from that, being slightly higher up didn’t make us miss anything.
A rollercoaster of a story and incredible performances by all, it left me feeling inspired to do something to make a difference, but also to get back into dancing (don’t worry not singing).
If you haven’t been to see it already, I highly recommend you do!
Which musicals have you been to recently?