Dancing in the Streets at The Kings Theatre

Grimm's Fairy Tales for Young and Old. Hal Darling as The Wolf, Emily Wells as Little Red Riding Hood. Photo by Paul Inskip

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Master of Ceremonies (Ray Shell), may have thought he’d fooled the audience with his stage-sweeping dungarees and cheeky repartee, but we’d ‘Heard it Through the Grapevine’ (Marvin Gaye’s hit), that the show was packed with polished performances.

And it was.

Dancing in the Streets tells the story of the music that came out of Detroit’s ‘Motor City’ in 1959, and became known as Tamla Motown and blazed the trail for black artists.

The stage set with split level platforms for the 6 piece band was all high energy, fast paced, and crammed full of Tamla tribute singers.

Smokey Robinson’s compilation included ‘Tracks of my Tears’,and Martha and the Vandella’s ‘Jimmy Mack’ and ‘Heatwave’ had the audience dancing in the aisles.

But the wow factor came with The Supremes, dressed in elegant white fur-trimmed long dresses and capes.

Close your eyes and the lead singer could have been Diana Ross.

It was two hours of the magic of Motown.