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Cedric Neal and Lucy St Louis to star in Motown the Musical

Cedric Neal in Porgy and Bess at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. Photo: Tristram Kenton
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Cedric Neal is to star as Berry Gordy in the West End production of Motown the Musical, which opens at the Shaftesbury Theatre next year.

The American performer will lead the cast alongside Lucy St Louis, who will play Diana Ross.

The musical, featuring music and lyrics from the Motown catalogue and a book by Motown founder Gordy, is directed by Charles Randolph-Wright.

It will open at the Shaftesbury on February 11, with press night on March 8. The show is currently booking until October 22, 2016.

The cast includes Keisha Amponsa Banson, Cherelle Williams, Cleopatra Rey and Cindy Belliot, while Aisha Jawondo, Samuel Edwards, Brandon Lee Sears, Joshua Liburd and Simeon Montague also feature.

They are joined by Daniel Bailey, Edward Baruwa, Tanya Nicola Edwards, Eddie Elliot, Portia Harry and Simon Ray Harvey.

Music direction will be by Gareth Weedon, while Patricia Wilcox and Warren Adams will choreograph the production, which has set design by David Korins.

Costumes are by Esosa, with lighting by Natasha Katz, sound by Peter Hylenski and projections by Daniel Brodie.

The show originated on Broadway in 2013 and is produced in the West End by Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris, Berry Gordy and Adam Spiegel.

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