Motown legends Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and The Supremes had Manchester rediscovering its groove as the spectacular Dancing in the Streets wowed audiences last night.
An irresistible line-up featured the iconic music period’s biggest stars (The Temptations, Gladys Knight & The Pips and Lionel Richie) enticing crowds to explore the groundbreaking genre.
The Palace Theatre crowd were immediately thrown back to Detroit as a perfectly choreographed show kicked off with Mr Postman.
Ivor Novello winner Keith Strachan directed the musical and the historic, and important, movement was superbly portrayed through classic songs Baby Love, I’ll Be There and Tears of a Clown.
The stars intertwined and charismatically represented the legends of old. Their vocals were beautiful harmonised, their dance moves were flawless, their routines were immaculate.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of the show was the use and utilisation of medleys. Too often classic songs can get lost but by delivering short one or two minute snippets the crowd were kept attentive and engrossed.
The aisles were dotted with prancing grannies who could not resist revisiting their past while the theatrical atmosphere was broken down by the narrator’s interaction and dialogue with the crowd.
The energetic performances continued as a detailed guide through the rise and fall of Motown and Smokey Robinson were explored over songs Reach Out I’ll Be There, Stop In The Name of Love and Tracks of My Tears.
People claim there are seven wonders in the world but Manchester had the eigth as Stevie Wonder, complete with harmonica, stole the show with a fantastic rendition of For Once In My Life.
The freshness of the show continued for the duration of the night as the only man who can break a woman’s heart and make her feel like she was enjoying it took stage: Marvin Gaye.
If Motown whets your palate, or even if the anthems of decades gone by have always tickled your fancy, then Dancing in the Streets is a must-see.
The actors are exceptional, the passion is believable and Manchester was truly blessed to bare witness to a legends’ return.
Dancing in the Streets is on show at the Palace Theatre now and for further information on tickets and timings visit here.