Dancing in the Streets Xmas Version from 4 Dec

Dancing in the Streets Xmas Version from 4 Dec

There will be Christmas version of Dancing in the Streets, at the Playhouse Theatre from 4 to 30 Dec 2006.

The Christmas version of the show will include classic Motown versions of such festive classics as 'White Christmas', 'Santa Claus is Coming to Town' and 'Silent Night'.

From 2 Jan 2007 the show returns to its normal format, with tickets on sale to 15 Sep 2007.

The musical originally opened at Cambridge Theatre 7 July 2005. It transfered to the Aldwych 27 April 2006, and then transfered to the Playhouse Theatre on 1 Aug 2006.

Dancing in the Streets received reasonable notices from the popular press: DOMINIC CAVINDISH for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "The company sing not just with hark-at-us virtuosity but with unbridled soulfulness." CAROLINE SULLIVAN for THE GUARDIAN says, "There's no history or attempt at social contextualisation, which is scandalous given Motown's critical role in bringing black music into the mainstream." CLIVE DAVIS for THE TIMES says, "YES, it’s only a juke-box musical...But when the juke-box is as potent as this, the usual reservations can be laid to one side. As a celebration of the Motown era, Dancing in the Streets has enough verve and unabashed high spirits to win over all but the most curmudgeonly audiences."

Dancing in the Streets, is directed by Keith Strachan, designed by Sean Cavanagh, with choreography by Carole Todd. It is presented by Paul Walden & Derek Nicol for Flying Music.

Forty years after Diana Ross and the Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas, Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson & 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.

In the early 1960s, in a town called Detroit, local kids were looking for a form of expression they they could call their own. They found it at the Motown Hitsville studio. In 1959, Berry Gordy, a successful songwriter with his first big hit, 'Reet Petite' with Detroit born Jackie Wilson under his belt, decided to form his own record company and so, in a timber frame bungalow at 2648 West Grand Boulevard, Detroit, Tamla Motown Records was born. During the years that followed, black soul music started to reach a white audience and the rest, as they say, is history...

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