Following regional dates, the Motown compilation musical first opened in July 2005 at the West End’s Cambridge Theatre. In April 2006 it moved from there (making way for Chicago) to the Aldwych Theatre for 12 weeks before moving from there (making way for Dirty Dancing) in August 2006 to the Playhouse where it has had numerous extensions.
Forty years after Diana Ross and the Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas, Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson and the Miracles first arrived in the UK in the spring of 1965 with the Tamla Motown Revue tour, Dancing in the Streets recreates what it was like to be there and to experience the energy, style and music of the greatest stars of the Motown stable.
Dancing in the Streets’ medley of hits includes classics made famous by the likes of Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight, the Commodores, Lionel Ritchie, Diana Ross and Smokey Robinson. It’s directed by Keith Strachan, with choreography by Carole Todd, and is produced by Derek Nicol and Paul Walden for Flying Music, the same company behind The Rat Pack.
No further productions have yet been announced for the Playhouse.
- by Terri Paddock