Motown The Musical, Preview:
Currently enjoying a successful run in London’s Shaftsbury theatre, Motown: The Musical is hitting the road around the uk and comes to the resplendent Edinburgh Playhouse from Tuesday 20th November, The musical is based on Berry Gordy’s autobiography To Be Loved: The Music, the Magic, the Memories of Motown and on the history of his founding and running of the Motown record label, and his personal and professional relationships with Motown artists such as Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, and Michael Jackson. The production’s music and lyrics are taken from selections from the Motown catalogue.
We at Scotsgay arts were lucky to be able chat with Karis Anderson who will perform as the Icon that is Diana Ross, interrupting rehearsals to talk with us we had the following to ask:
What brought you to being on tour with Motown?
“I’ve always loved Motown music and being in a musical has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl. I went through a long audition process starting out for an ensemble role so when I was offered Diana I burst out in tears of joy, I just felt so blessed as I had manifested it for so long. A few friends of mine who had toured with a musical before said that it’s an amazing experience, so I really wanted to get on the road with a show. “
What’s it like to be playing the iconic Diana Ross?
“A dream! I feel so lucky to be excited to go into work every day and after being in a girl band which was heavily influenced by the Supremes & Motown music, I felt like this role was definitely perfect for me at this time in my life and wake up every day full of gratitude that I get to play such an iconic amazing Influential woman while working with the most brilliant cast. “
What can audiences expect from the show and your character?
“Audiences can expect a musical like no other with songs that you will know and love whilst also being educated on the political state of Detroit in the 60s & onwards and how music changed it and brought people & races together.
The musical also beautifully tells Berry Gordy’s story and how he came about creating Motown and developing so many artists and now legends that we a know and love such as Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, young Michael Jackson and many more. The show also tells the story of Diana Ross from a young 16-year-old girl as Diane in the Primettes, to the Supremes, to Diana Ross & the Supremes and eventually to ‘Diana’. For me it’s really fun to be able to portray the journey of her life and embody the different stage in her life from the young, bubbly & eager 16-year-old to the matured, strong, multi-talented woman. We also see the love story of Diana and Berry throughout the show. “
If you could play any other role from the show what would it be and why?
“It would have to be one of the other Supremes. I love Flo’s character and wish her story was told more in the show, but I really love the energy that she brings to the Supremes and her singing tone, and the fact she always answers back and takes no shit lol!”
In 8 words or less sum up Motown the musical?
A sensational, one of a kind, must see musical
As the festive season approaches it’s a sure fire bet that Motown: The Musical will make a cracking start to night out or an early Christmas treat and you will leave the theatre humming many of those classic tunes from the heart of Detroit.
So, book those tickets now and get ready for the musical journey of a life time.
Motown The Musical, Edinburgh Playhouse, Tuesday 20th November to Saturday 8th December for Tickets go to: https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/motown-the-musical/edinburgh-playhouse/