Director: Carôle Todd
Reviewer: John Roberts
Dancing in the Streets is entering it’s 15th year of continuous touring, the show and indeed the cast change on a regular basis and it would be great if I could give due credit where possible, however with no programme available to press and no casting information on the website for the show, this makes things a little more difficult.
Dancing in the Streets sells itself as a celebration of all things Motown and to that degree they succeed well with songs ranging from Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Martha Reeves and Diana Ross and the Supremes – you will be hard pushed to find a song in the evening that you didn’t know.
The show is supported brilliantly by a rich sounding five piece band, who pull out all the stops to ensure the musical being delivered pays due homage to the original songs and overall this is perhaps the shows strongest suit.
With a cast of seven, four men and three women, Carôle Todd directs a rather limp production that is more meandering in the streets than dancing in them, sure the crowd get up on their feet, but the flow of the evening jumps quite drastically from the slow to the more upbeat with a flick of the musical directors hand and leaves the audience with no build up or momentum to get behind.
Overall the men of the cast out perform the female colleagues considerably, they are rich in tone and ooze charisma, they make it all look so effortless, however when the ladies join the stage it appears that it should all be about them – a whiff of over confidence and arrogance permeates the auditorium and to top it all off, they manage to sing most of their songs off key or out of tune and provides a rather painful aural experience.
Dancing in the Streets may have been entertaining crowds for over a decade but if the show doesn’t find its magic formula again, it may end up performing in the back and beyond rather than in the number 1 venues it is currently visiting.
Runs until Sat 15th November