It was announced today at a special launch event that Lucy St. Louis and Cedric Neal will lead the cast of the West End production of Motown The Musical as Diana Ross and Berry Gordy.
Lucy St. Louis is currently in Beautiful – The Carole King Musical and will appear in the upcoming Disney live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. Her previous theatre credits including The Book of Mormon and Ragtime.
Cedric Neal’s theatre credits include Dreamgirls, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Friday Night Lights.
Neil and St Louis will be joined on stage by 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).
The launch event saw the hilarious Lenny Henry interview Motown founder Berry Gordy, Motown The Musical director Charles Randolph-Wright and hit Broadway producer Kevin McCollum. Berry said some people were concerned about whether the UK had the talent to put on this show but there was numerous talented performers.
With only a few hours of rehearsal and before the real rehearsals begin in November the audience were given a taste of what to expect from the hit Broadway show and it looks like it’s going to be a West End hit.
The show, which follows the career of producer and songwriter Berry Gordy and the creation of Motown Records features over 40 classic Motown hits including “My Girl,” “What’s Going On,” “Dancing in the Street,” “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”.
Motown the Musical begins previews from 11 February 2016 and is booking until 22 October 2016 at the Shaftesbury Theatre.