Leeds Grand Theatre is reaching out to Motown fans of yesteryear who witnessed the debuts of Soul legends Diana Ross and Stevie Wonder in Leeds in the 1960s.

More than 50 years ago, as the music icons were just embarking on their careers, they hit the stage at the Odeon on Briggate on 31 March 1965 as part of the Tamla Motown Revue Show. The tour, which was to launch the British arm of the Motown empire, also featured Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, and Martha and The Vandellas. The fledgling stars played across 20 UK cities, including London, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh, giving audiences their first chance to witness them live.

Tickets to the once in a lifetime shows cost just 15 shillings – now around £4.

Now, as the West End production of Motown The Musical opens its first ever UK tour, including a two week stop at The Grand from Tuesday 6 to Saturday 17 November, producers want to hear from anyone who attended the show.

Fans are being asked to share their tales from the night in a bid to win two pairs of tickets to see the Tony-nominated musical during its run at The Grand. Entrants should send their stories and any images to info@leedsgrandtheatre by Friday 12 October. The best two stories will win one pair of tickets each to see the 7.30pm performance of Motown The Musical on Wednesday 7 November. Winners will be notified by email. Stories will be shared across The Grand’s social platforms.

With over 50 Motown classics, including Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, I’ll Be There, Dancing In The Street, Stop! In The Name Of Love, My Girl and I Heard It through the Grapevine. Motown the Musical tells the story of Motown Founder and heavy-weight music mogul, Berry Gordy, and the legendary record label that changed music history and created the soundtrack of a generation.

Motown The Musical is at Leeds Grand Theatre from Tuesday 6 to Saturday 17 November 2018

To book call Box Office on 0844 848 2700


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