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Cast revealed for Motown at Leeds Grand Theatre

Over 50 Motown hits retell the story of the record label that changed music history.

Edward Baruwa in Motown at Leeds Grand Theatre.

Motown The Musical has announced a brand new cast for its first UK and Ireland tour, grooving its way to Leeds Grand Theatre from Tuesday 6th to Saturday 17th November 2018.

Edward Baruwa will play the leading role of Berry Gordy, Karis Anderson will play Diana Ross, Nathan Lewis will play Smokey Robinson and Shak Gabbidon-Williams will play Marvin Gaye.

Edward Baruwa’s previous credits include the West End productions of Motown The Musical, Les Misérables, Five Guys Named Moe and the UK tour of Sister Act.

Karis Anderson is best known as being one third of pop band Stooshe who celebrated a top five single Black Heart in 2012 as well as receiving a nomination for Best British Single at the 2013 Brit Awards.

Nathan Lewis was a finalist on ITV’s The X Factor in 2016 as part of boyband Five After Midnight. Nathan makes his stage debut as Smokey Robinson.

Shak Gabbidon-William’s previous credits include Young Simba in The Lion King in the West End and most recently starred as Seaweed in the UK tour of Hairspray.

Charles Randolph-Wright, Director of Motown The Musical said:
“I am so thrilled that we have been able to find this incredible cast of British artists for the UK tour of Motown The Musical. Their talent has astounded us all, as they embody the soul of Motown and capture the energy and essence of those iconic artists. We are so excited to bring this show to cities across the UK and can’t wait to begin. Get ready!”

With music and lyrics from the Motown catalogue and book by Motown founder Berry Gordy, this production features a live orchestra playing 50 Motown tracks including Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, I’ll Be There, Stop! In The Name Of Love, My Girl and I Heard It through the Grapevine, and tells the story behind the classic hits.

Motown The Musical is at Leeds Grand Theatre from Tuesday 6th to Saturday 17th November 2018. Book online at or call Box Office on 0844 848 2700


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