The Magic of Motown at the Grand Opera House York Review


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Grand Opera House, York

11 April 2015

Reviewed by Catherine Dolan

The Grand Opera House in York show a wide range of things such as ballets, musicals, and live stand-up. It’s a nice venue, quite old fashioned inside. There’s a bar in there so you can have a few drinks whilst you’re waiting and in the intervals. The only thing I would say is that there’s no parking. However,  if you are heading to York and planning to eat out before the show, make sure you park in the Castle Car Park (nearest to the Grand Opera House) AFTER 6.00pm.If you buy your ticket at 5.59pm – you will pay £10 for the evening. Buy your ticket at 6.01pm – you pay £2 for the whole night. Having Grand in the name suggested a huge barn of a place but it is a beautiful intimate place on three levels. The large stage was used in its entirety for this production and we had a wonderful experience.

The Eric Sykes bar is a great place for pre-performance drinks and bar prices are not over-inflated to the extent that they are in some similar venues. It is a shame that the same cannot be said of the ice cream that is very over priced even allowing for the fact that it is my favourite make. This theatre is now firmly on my search list when looking for shows to book for a night out.

It is a lovely little theatre and surprisingly has lots of leg room for an old theatre. Had a real feel of the grandness of the period in which it was built. I would definitely recommend a visit. Located right in the centre of the city so easily accessible. The only down side (which is common of many old theatres) were the queues for toilets and refreshments.

Motown Music Reach Out Tour, produced by Michael Taylor brought live to the stage music of the Temptations, Diana Ross and The Supremes, Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, Lionel Richie, Martha Reeves, Isley Brothers and scores more. The best live Motown tribute concert show boasts: a superbly-choreographed cast, 36 million-selling hits and dozens of dazzling costume changes. I was a bit disappointed with the first half, the singing and dancing was superb, however, there seemed to be something lacking. I was sitting in the Circle Row C; the speakers there hadn’t been working in the first half. The second half really came to life though, it was one of the best shows I’ve seen in ages, great atmosphere, brill music, from the minute they stepped out on stage everyone was up on their feet until the very last song.

The singers and backing musicians were all brilliant couldn’t have wished for such a professional Motown concert, they were as good as and sometimes better than the real thing. If you like your music show to be simply a string of hits, then Magic of Motown is just for you. The show is packed full of hits by Motown stars performed by an excellent cast. The supporting band played well too! The highlight of the show was the Jackson 5 segment. For me, this is where the star of the show made her mark. The shortest of the 3 girl singers were as good as the young Michael you could almost have thought you were seeing MJ himself!

A great show, full of energy and featuring the best of Motown! If you closed your eyes, it was Gladys Knight & the Pips, The Supremes or The Temptations singing live in York… 7 really talented singers, a superb band and lots of razzamatazz. Didn’t get the names, but the lead singer guy was tremendous, really interacted with the crowd.

If you love Motown don’t miss this!

Rating: 5/5 thumbs_up

The Magic of Motown is currently on tour, for more information, venues or to book tickets click here. Next stop on the tour is at the Sunder Empire on 4 June 2015.

For other shows at the Grand Opera House in York visit

Grand Opera House York, Clifford and Cumberland Street, York, YO1 9SW | 0844 8713024


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