THEATRE REVIEW: Motown The Musical - Mayflower

A fabulous night of amazing talent, wonderful backdrops and energy from the start!

I firstly must point out how incredible the voices and dancing was in this show.  Diana Ross (Karis Anderson) has immense talent and a very strong voice indeed, as does Edward Baruwa (Berry Gordy)!  I also was hugely impressed by Nicole Nyarambi (Martha Reeves).  Very powerful voices indeed; especially the women.

The costumes and backdrops were magnificent and the colour changing screens were mesmerising. It was a powerful start to the show with the Four Tops and The Temptations interlinking their music with snippets of their songs.

The show included lots of points that I wasn't aware of such as Smokey Robinson wasn't just an artist, writer and producer but was heavily involved in the Motown creation with its Founder Berry Gordy.  It covered how Motown came to the UK and also how sad it was when artists left to go elsewhere for more money and left Berry struggling.

There were so many classics and they were portrayed excellently. The Jacksons' intro scene was about how they got noticed.  Everyone wanted to dance when they played their classic “ABC”.

It was an insightful portrayal of the rift in the Supremes and a decent representation of the death of Martin Luther King and the reaction to it. The depiction of the racism and how hard and horrible that was, was scary and strong. It was a powerful scene when Berry challenged a radio producer at WJBK Radio saying that his music was not just for a white audience, it was for everyone.

There was also a cheeky nod to Southampton in one of the scenes when Berry said “Who knows we might even go to Southampton”.

I thought it was great when Diana got two members of the audience up to sing, it was a great interaction.

I would urge you to see this show - you will be thoroughly entertained.

Shelley Edwards