Motown The Musical has announced it will close in the West End in April 2019.
Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright and with a book by Motown founder Berry Gordy, the show tells the story of how Berry Gordy founded the iconic record label and launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye.
Motown The Musical opened on 8 March 2016, previewing from 11 February 2016, and will have played over 1330 performances when it concludes its 3 year run at the Shaftesbury Theatre on 20 April 2019.
The juke-box musical features over 50 Motown classics including Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, I’ll Be There, Dancing In The Street, Stop! In The Name of Love, My Girl and I Heard It through the Grapevine.
The West End cast is led by Jay Perry (Berry Gordy) with Natalie Kassanga (Diana Ross), David Albury (Smokey Robinson) and Carl Spencer (Marvin Gaye).
In October this year a previously announced UK tour will begin and in January 2019 Motown the record label will mark its sixtieth anniversary.
Following Motown’s final performance the 1400 seat theatre will undergo a major refurbishment having last been refurbished in 2006. It has not been announced how long the refurbishment will take or which production will re-open the theatre.
Motown The Musical is booking until 20 April 2019 at the Shaftesbury Theatre, London.