Motown the Musical, Shaftesbury Theatre

'Motown' Musical performed at the Shaftsbury Theatre, London, UKWe’ve reached peak jukebox musical with this latest glossy Broadway import, which crams almost 60 popular hits into its two-and-a-half-hour running time, at the expense, unsurprisingly, of satisfying drama. Not that the latter is high on the list of priorities of co-producer Berry Gordy, the Motown mogul whose scattershot, hagiographic book is based on his own rosy 1994 memoir. This rags-to-riches tale is a strictly feel-good affair, with everything from personal demons to race relations presented as minor bumps on the road to musical glory.

Read my full Dancing Times review here

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