Motown The Musical at the Alhambra Theatre Bradford Review

9-20 April 2019

Reviewed by Helen Noble

Stupendous performance!

The sensational West End hit MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is bringing its unique sound to a theatre near you!

With just $800 borrowed from his family, Berry Gordy founded Motown Records and launched the careers of legendary artists including Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, The Temptations, and many more.

Motown the Musical has music and lyrics from the Motown back catalogue which was founded by Berry Gordy in 1959. Charles Randolph-Wright’s production has a live orchestra playing 50 tracks including “Heard it through the grapevine”, “My Girl” “My Guy”, “Stop! In the Name of Love” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”.

Cast; Cordell Mosteller-understudy (Berry Gordy), Karis Anderson (Diana Ross), Nathan Lewis (Smokey Robinson), Shak Gabbidon-Williams (Marvin Gaye), Joshua Vaughan (young Michael Jackson).

The musical sets the Motown story firmly in its period including news and politics with mentions of the Vietnam War, as well as the assassinations of John F Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr.

The stage is set with an enormous gold M for Motown, which opens up to reveal spectacular computerised projective sceneries, with small amounts of traditional scenery which is smoothly interchanged and some colourful psychedelic light movement all which adds to the story of Motown.

The sound was clear although I personally felt it could have been a touch louder.

Immense singing and dancing from start to finish, fantastic choreography, glamorous glitzy outfits. Plenty of audience participation within the show, you will be singing, clapping, foot tapping and chair dancing. By the end of the show you will feel that you are in Las Vegas.

Although I have heard of Motown and enjoy the music I never knew the story behind it all, it was fabulous to watch and very interesting as well as easy to understand and follow.

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the show it was a stupendous performance and would highly recommend!

The Alhambra is a traditional theatre, the main theatre building is modern with bright lights which not only look fabulous but makes the building easy to find. You are welcomed by friendly smiling staff, who are more than happy to help in whatever way they can. Bag searches were carried out on entry into the main foyer. On the ground floor there is a ticket kiosk and a kiosk for purchasing soft drinks and sweets. On the first floor there is an impressive bar/cafe area, also a merchandise kiosk selling production memorabilia. The venue has disabled parking onsite to the left of the buildings entrance it says no entry but there is a buzzer system to allow entry. There are plenty of carparks within a couple of minutes walking distance from the venue,  one on Sharpe Street which is just up the hill from the Alhambra, If using an NCP car park if you inform the ticket office on arrival they give you an additional parking ticket to enable a discount on your parking fee.

Rating: 5/5

Tickets cost from £20 to £55 (booking fees may apply).

Motown The Musical is at the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford from 9-20 April 2019, for more information or to book tickets visit or call the box office on 01274 432000.

Alhambra Theatre, Morley Street, Bradford, BD7 1AJ | 01274 432000

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