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Title: Dancing In The Streets
Location: Theatre Royal Bath
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DANCING IN THE STREETS celebrates the golden years of Motown as the smash-hit West End show tours to Bath

After entertaining audiences in London’s West End for three years, DANCING IN THE STREETS brings a spectacular celebration of world famous Motown music to the Theatre Royal Bath from Monday 18th June to Saturday 23rd June.

Ivor Novello Award-winning director Keith Strachan’s hit show gives audiences the chance to experience the excitement, the emotion and the electricity of the Motown music that was a prominent force in breaking down barriers around the world in the sixties and was responsible for producing some of the most influential and enduring songs of the twentieth century.  The talented Dancing in the Streets Company includes members of the original West End cast and a terrific eight-piece live band modelled on The Funk Brothers, the nickname for the musicians who performed on most of the original Motown Records recordings.

Over the years, Motown has become synonymous with some of the greatest names in black soul music including The Four Tops, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Commodores, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, and Martha Reeves & The Vandellas.

In the early sixties, in a town called Detroit, the local kids were looking for a form of expression that 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’ under his belt, decided to form his own record company and, in a timber frame bungalow at 2648 West Grand Boulevard, Detroit, Tamala 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. In the hands of a talented pool of sensational songwriters the ever-growing stable of acts signed to the Motown labels produced hit after hit.

This sensational show transports audiences back in time, re-living the energy, style and music of the stars of Motown. The Dancing in the Streets singers recreate the famous Motown acts with their look, costumes and unique choreography, as they perform Baby Love in the style of The Supremes, My Girl as done by The Temptations, The Four Tops’s classic Reach Out I’ll Be There, and remember the great Marvin Gaye with classic hits such as I Heard It Through The Grapevine.

Brought to the Theatre Royal by the same team behind the West End show, The Rat Pack – Live From Las Vegas, which toured to Bath in 2007, Dancing in the Streets takes audiences through a repertoire of unforgettable classic hits including a selection of the following world-famous songs: Stop In the Name of Love, Dancing in the Streets, Please Mr. Postman, Tracks of My Tears, I’ll be There, Up Tight (Everything’s Alright), Tears of a Clown, and Signed Sealed Delivered I’m Yours.

Playing the role of Stevie Wonder, Nathaniel Morrison made his professional debut in Dancing in the Streets when the production opened in the West End at the Cambridge Theatre in 2007. He now returns to the show following West End roles in Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Adelphi, Porgy & Bess at the Savoy and Sister Act at the London Palladium.

Also reprising his role for the new UK tour is Ray Shell, a West End legend, who created the role of MC in Dancing in the Streetsfor the original London run. Famous for creating the stage roles of

Nomax in Five Guys Named Moe and Rusty in Starlight Express, his many other West End show credits include Miss Saigon, Ain’t Misbehaving, Jesus Christ Superstar, Children of Eden, 125th Street, The Lion King and Gone With the Wind.

The creator of the show, Keith Strachan has worked extensively in theatre and television as a director, musical director, arranger and composer. In 1988 he received the Ivor Novello Award for the best-selling single Mistletoe and Wine, which he co-wrote. The song originated in the Christmas musical The Little Match Girl, for which Keith composed the music, and later became a number one Christmas hit for Sir Cliff Richard.  Aside from Dancing in the Streets, Strachan’s numerous West End directing credits also include Dreamboats and Petticoats – The Musical, which played Bath in 2010; Four Steps to Heaven; and Elvis The Musical.

DANCING IN THE STREETS appears at the Theatre Royal Bath from Monday 18th June to Saturday 23rd June.  Tickets are available from the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office on 01225 448844.