The hit West End show will embark on a major UK and Ireland tour from the autumn.
The Motown the Musical tour will kick off at the Birmingham Alexandra Theatre on 11 October 2018 where it will play until 3 November.
It will then play at Leeds Grand Theatre, Edinburgh Playhouse, Bristol Hippodrome, Bord Gais Energy Theatre Dublin and Manchester Operas House, before end its run at Wales Millenium Centre Cardiff between 26 March and 6 April 2019. Casting for the tour is still to be announced.
With music and lyrics from the Motown catalogue and book by founder Berry Gordy, Motown the Musical features a live orchestra playing 50 tracks, 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 and tells the story behind the classic hits.
With just $800 borrowed from his family, Berry Gordy, goes from featherweight boxer to heavyweight music mogul, discovering and launching the careers of the likes of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and many more.
Motown the Musical uncovers the true story of the legendary record label that changed music history and created the soundtrack of a generation.
The London production of Motown the Musical continues to play to standing ovations at the Shaftesbury Theatre where it is about to enter its third year and is currently booking until 5 January 2019.
About the new tour, Berry Gordy said: “The UK has always been the gateway for Motown to the rest of the world. While the west end production still continues to perform to great audiences, I’m thrilled that we are taking a second production of Motown the Musical to the rest of the UK.”
Tony nominated Motown the Musical received its world premiere in April 2013 in New York and recouped its $18 million investment by the end of 2014. The first US National Tour opened to critical acclaim in Spring 2014 in Chicago, grossing $20 million dollars during its standing room only sixteen-week run, and continues to play to packed houses across America.
Here are those UK tour dates in full:
11 Oct – 3 Nov 2018 – Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
6 – 17 Nov 2018 – Grand Theatre, Leeds
20 Nov – 8 Dec 2018 – Playhouse, Edinburgh
10 Jan – 2 Feb 2019 – Hippodrome, Bristol
5 – 23 Feb 2019 – Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin
26 Feb – 23 Mar 2019 – Opera House, Manchester
26 Mar – 6 Apr 2019 – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
Tickets for the Motown the Musical UK tour are on sale now. Get yours via Ticketmaster.co.uk.