Dancing In The Streets is not a musical but a tribute concert to the artists of Motown. A cast of seven (four men and three women) take the audience on a journey through many of the Motown greats such as The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, Martha and the Vandellas and The Temptations, to name but a few. An energetic live band on stage provide the musical backdrop, and there are plenty of sequins and sparkly costumes to see you through the evening.
The show was well-sung by versatile vocalists, although I did occasionally wonder if the sound on stage was adequate, as in the odd moment, pitching seemed to waver. However, there were strong vocals displayed throughout, and a very impressive range by a couple of the men. One of the male vocalists was clearly very talented, but used too much riffing, in rather too modern a style, which was not strictly true to the era in my opinion. In any case, this cast are more than capable of delivering the vocally-challenging material of this era of music to an eager audience.
The let-down for me was the set. The set was completely static throughout, and really consists of nothing more than a couple of banners showing black and white photos of some of the artists. Other than that, the stage is decorated only by the cast and band, meaning that the music is left to do all the work. I find the music of this era pretty great, but visually it becomes a little tedious to watch the exact same scene for an entire evening.
However, furnishing the back of this ‘set’ throughout, are a fantastic live band, who very tightly brought the music to life and showed great energy and flair.
Having said all of this, I don’t believe I have ever seen an audience have such fun, for such a long time, in any production. From the very first moment of the show, there were audience members on their feet dancing, and looking around the auditorium, the theatre was full of people bobbing about in their seats and clapping joyfully throughout the entire show. For the last twenty minutes or so, the whole audience was on its feet dancing, and I have to say it was great fun to be a part of. It was really wonderful to see so many people having such a fantastic time.
If you are a fan of Motown music and would like the chance to see a live concert of your favourite artists, you really won’t be disappointed by this show, and most likely you’ll have a tremendously fun evening.
Review by Nikki Laurence
Dancing in the Streets, with a full supporting company of singers, dancers and the ‘Dancing In The Streets’ band, is the original and the best critically acclaimed celebration of Motown’s greatest hits. Earning rave reviews in its West End season, it is now on a 37-date UK tour.
In Dancing in the Streets you experience the energy and electricity of the motor city in a stunning production packed with hit after hit…all killer, no filler! The talented cast and band will bring to life the infectious, melodic, foot-tapping songs with a touch of soul and style guaranteed to have you signing along and dancing in the aisles. Expect your favourite songs made famous by THE FOUR TOPS, THE TEMPTATIONS, STEVIE WONDER, MARVIN GAYE, LIONEL RICHIE, THE SUPREMES, SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES, MARTHA REEVES & THE VANDELLAS and many more.