IT MAY be called Dancing in the Streets, but the entire audience was dancing in the isles with director Keith Strachan’s musical Motown extravaganza.
From The Four Tops and Stevie Wonder to Diana Ross and The Supremes, the biggest hits from the brightest Motown legends appeared in the celebration of Motown, originally a record company founded by Berry Gordy Jr.
Compering the show was Ray Shell, who weaved a little history of the music style which was credited with breaking down racial barriers and produced some of the world’s most influential and enduring songs of the 20th century.
Nathaniel Morrison, from Acocks Green, was an extremely convincing Stevie Wonder, led out on stage in shades and all, to perform classic hits like Superstition and For Once in My Life while Kirk Patterson’s cheeky Marvin Gaye whipped the predominantly female audience into a frenzy.
Dancing in the Street’s talented cast and house band perfectly recreated the emotion, energy and style of the music from the heart of the Motor City, Detroit for a fun night out for fans and Motown novices.
Dancing in the Streets runs until Saturday April 28 at New Alexandra Theatre.
Tickets start at £13 and are available from the Box Office on 0844 871 3011 or online by visiting www.atgtickets.com/birmingham.
HANNAH JENNINGS PARRY