In 1959, songwriter Berry Gordy formed his own record company, Tamla Motown Records, in a timber frame bungalow in Detroit. During the years that followed, black soul music started to reach a white audience through a roll call of groups and singers including: the Four Tops, the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, the Jackson Five, Gladys Knight & the Pips, the Commodores, Lionel Ritchie, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, the Isley Brothers and Martha Reeves and the Vandellas.
Dancing in the Streets celebrates the best of the Motown repertoire, which included hits like “I Heard It Through the Grape Vine“, “Baby Love“, “My Girl“, “I'll Be There“, “Signed Sealed Delivered I'm Yours“, “Where Did Our Love Go?“, “What's Going On?“, “The Way You Do the Things You Do“, “Please Mr Postman“, “ABC“, “Heat Wave“, “You Can't Hurry Love“, “Tears of a Clown”, “Tracks of My Tears“ and the show’s title song, “Dancing in the Streets”.
Prior to its initial West End transfer, The Rat Pack - Live from Live Vegas - which pays tribute to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr and features look- and sound-alikes of each – had been touring the country since 2000, previously visiting London for one-off dates at the London Palladium and a limited run at Sadler's Wells. It opened for an extended West End season at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in March 2003 and then transferred in June of that year to the Strand Theatre, where it’s currently booking until 28 May 2005.
Dancing in the Streets has direction and musical supervision by Keith Strachan, choreography Carole Todd and design by Sean Cavanagh. Both shows are produced by Paul Walden and Derek Nicol for Flying Music.
- by Terri Paddock