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Motown dances into the West End

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

Dancing in the Streets has extended its run by a further three-and-a-half months - to April 22, 2006.

Previously Posted: Not only has Dancing in the Streets extended its booking period by eight weeks - to January 7, 2006 - but producers have confirmed that a special Christmas version will run from November 21, 2005.

As well as the usual line-up of Motown hits, the seasonal show will feature festive classics such as White Christmas, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town and Silent Night.

Matinee performances have been re-scheduled from Fridays to Wednesdays during this final six week period.

Previously Posted: Following its 35-venue UK tour, Dancing in the Streets, a celebration of Motown's greatest hits, will open at the Cambridge Theatre in London's West End on July 12, 2005 - previews from July 7.


Over the years, Motown has become synonymous with some of the greatest names in black soul music - the Four Tops, the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, the Jackson Five, Gladys Knight and the Pips, the Commodores, Lionel Richie, Diana Ross and the Supremes - the list is endless.

All of which, is a far cry from 1959 when songwriter, Berry Gordy formed his own record company, Tamla Motown Records, in a timber-frame bungalow in Detroit. But the rest, as they say, is history.

Dancing in the Streets then, celebrates the best of Motown with hits like: I Heard It Through the Grape Vine, Baby Love, My Girl, I'll Be There, Where Did Our Love Go? Please Mr Postman, ABC, You Can't Hurry Love, Tears of a Clown and, of course, the title song itself.

The Motown musical is directed by Keith Strachan and produced by Flying Music, the team responsible for The Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas.

Prior to Dancing in the Streets, Something Wicked This Way Comes, featuring illusionist and mind-reader Derren Brown, runs for a limited period, from May 31 - June 18, 2005.

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