Motown

Motown the Musical provides insight into how Berry Gordy, who started with just $800 in the bank, went from being a featherweight boxer to a heavyweight music mogul. The musical begins in 1983 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium where some of the world's biggest recording stars are gathered to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Motown Records. Gordy refuses to join the reunion, still hurt that his protégés eventually abandoned him for greener pastures – in Diana Ross’s case, a $20 million offer from RCA records.

Told through flashbacks, Gordy's fame grows swiftly during the 1960s and his record label draws in names like Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. Soon, with America socially charged and racially divided, Gordy realises Motown’s true calling: to unite the country through music. Gordy went on to produce 110 top 10 hits from 1961 to 1971 as well as releasing three of Martin Luther King’s speeches.

This is Broadway actor Cedric Neal’s West End debut as Berry Gordy. Joining him are Lucy St Louis as Diana Ross, Obioma Ugoala as Smokey Robinson and Sifiso Mazibuko as Marvin Gaye. They are supported by a cast of 30 who bring Gordy’s story to life with sass, style and soul. The production is directed by Charles Randolph-Wright with choreography by Patricia Wilcox and Warren Adams.

Motown The Musical is taking bookings until 5 January 2019, when the show will celebrate its third year in London and Motown will celebrate sixty years since the record company was founded.

Motown the Musical is, playing at The Shaftesbury Theatre today.

School of Rock

School of Rock, the hit Broadway musical from legendary composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, has landed in London and has the New London Theatre (soon to be renamed the Gillian Lynne Theatre) rocking!

Based on the iconic 2003 film starring Jack Black, School of Rock is about layabout, wannabe rock star Dewey Finn who poses as a substitute teacher at a prep school as a way of earning some much-needed cash. When he stumbles on the kids’ music class, he discovers their hidden talents and tries to mould them into a full-throttle rock band to enter the prestigious Battle of the Bands competition. But can Dewey turn these straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, mind-blowing rock group and keep the secret from the kids’ parents and headmistress?

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new score has lyrics by Glenn Slater, and also includes songs from the original film, including “Teacher’s Pet”, “School of Rock” and “In the End of Time”. The cast of School of Rock includes three teams of children who perform their instruments live on stage, complete with face-melting solos and bone-shaking drum solos.

After rave reviews in the West End, grab your air guitar, pull out your best knee slide and unleash your inner rock god!

Les Miserable

Les Miserable is the West End's longest-running musical, Les Misérables has been enjoyed by over 70 million people in 42 countries and in 22 languages around the globe and is still breaking box-office records as it passes its 30th year in London. The original production, which features direction by John Caird and Trevor Nunn, continues to run at the Queen's Theatre, having transferred from the Palace Theatre in April 2004.

Featuring a stunning score by Boublil and Schönberg, Cameron Mackintosh's original production opened in London at the Barbican Theatre on 8 October 1985, where it went on to become a musical theatre phenomenon. Fans of the show continue to revisit this dazzling original that includes hit songs such as “I Dreamed a Dream”, “Do You Hear the People Sing?”, “Bring Him Home” and “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables”.

Adapted from the original epic novel by Victor Hugo, the musical is set against the backdrop of 19th-century France and tells a powerful and moving story of unrequited love, sacrifice, passion, redemption and revolutionary spirit.

Les Misérables has won a multitude of awards around the globe, and was recently honoured with the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Audience Olivier Award. It has ran on Broadway in three separate productions, and has enjoyed numerous UK tours. An Academy Award-nominated film adaptation of the show was released in cinemas in 2012 starring Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway, and has continued to broaden the appeal of the show.

Don't miss your chance to see this spectacular original production, and one of the West End's most exciting and powerful musicals.

Lion King

Lion King is an extra ordinary musical set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains and to the evocative rhythms of Africa, Disney's The Lion King is unlike anything ever before seen in musical theatre, and will redefine your expectations of what theatre can be. Director and designer Julie Taymor crafts a colourful, imaginative and highly creative world that brings the flora, fauna and animals of Africa to live, set against a timeless score by Elton John and Tim Rice, with additional songs by Lebo M, Julie Taymor, Mark Mancina and Hans Zimmer.

Thousands continue to pack the Lyceum Theatre every week with their Lion King tickets to celebrate and revel in the majestic storytelling that transports audiences to a dazzling world that explodes with glorious colours, stunning effects and enchanting music.

The production currently stars New Zealander Nicholas Afoa who makes his West End debut in the role of Simba.

Thriller

Thriller is now in its tenth year of celebrating the life of the King of Pop in the West End, Thriller Live brings Michael Jackson’s greatest hits to live on stage at the Lyric Theatre.
The show features all your favourite MJ hits spanning his entire career – including "I Want You Back", "I'll Be There, Show You The Way To Go", "Can You Feel It", "Rock With You", "She's Out Of My Life", "Beat It", "Billie Jean", "Earth Song" and “Thriller” - performed by an energetic cast accompanied by eye-popping multi-media effects and spectacular choreography.
Thriller Live features choreography from award-winning director Gary Lloyd, who has previously worked with the likes of Leona Lewis, Will Young, Robbie Williams, Kelly Clarkson and Girls Aloud, with additional choreograpy from LAVelle Smith Jnr.
Over the course of his 40 year career, Michael Jackson sold over 750 million records around the globe, including the best-selling album of all-time, Thriller. Famed for his iconic look and distinctive dance moves, Michael Jackson inspired a generation of artists and musicians, including: Beyonce, Jamiroquai, Lenny Kravitz, Madonna, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, The Weeknd, Kanye West and Jay Z.
Please Note: Contains constant use of flashing LED screen and some strobe lighting.
Book your Thriller Live tickets, playing at The Lyric Theatre today.

Chicago

Chicago is typical a glitzy, Broadway USA story with a touch of grit. Two wannabe performers, Roxie and Velma, who see their names up in lights are both arrested for murder, and call on a superstar lawyer to get them off the charges. On a bare bones set (the band are placed at the back of the stage leaving little room for much else), with just a few lights doing the work, the production doesn’t capture the spectacle the show could be.
It’s also a show about sex, and the first half lets you know it. The second act has more depth, but by that point you’ve lost any empathy with the characters.
Making his musical debut as Billy Flynn, there’s no doubt Cuba Gooding Jnr. can act. He reels in the laughs as the slick lawyer. The band are a highlight of the show to be honest, in the sense that the score is Chicago’s star.