EXPECT to see dancing in the seats when they perform Dancing in the Streets at this show.
“We want the audience to sing along, and we encourage them to dance,” singer and dancer Marque Munday told the Lakes Mail down the phone line from Las Vegas.
Munday is the lead vocalist of the all-girl quartet, Radiance, who perform in the show Songs in the Key of Motown which will begin an “encore tour” of Australia in May.
And she’s excited.
“The first time the girls came over [to Australia] was in 2012 – and it was just the females – and we toured for six weeks and had a lot of fun,” she said.
Joining the girls on stage will be the all-male vocal quartet, Spectrum, and a rocking band whom Munday described as “off the chain”.
The show is a celebration of the prolific American record company, Motown, and its legendary feel-good hits of the 1960s and 1970s.
Spectrum performs hits by Motown giants including The Four Tops (Baby I Need Your Loving), Stevie Wonder (Superstition), The Temptations (My Girl), and Smokey Robinson (The Tracks of my Tears).
But Munday reckons its her Radiance girls who have the most fun in the show performing hits by The Supremes (Baby Love), Diana Ross (I’m Coming Out) Martha and the Vandellas (Dancing in the Street), and The Marvellets (Too Many Fish in the Sea).
“We’re also singing songs like Please Mr Postman, which was Motown’s first No 1 hit. The Marvelettes recorded that one in 1961,” Munday said.
The Motown label was also huge in the disco era of the 1970s. So hits by Donna Summer are featured.
“For the Donna Summer section we do on the disco era, I call that the girl power time of the show because that was a time when women really stepped out – we were working hard for the money,” she said.
Munday said Songs in the Key of Motown took audiences on a feel-good ride they’d never forget.
“The songs from Motown are upbeat, finger-poppin’, and high-energy, and they’re about love.”
Songs in the Key of Motown will be performed at The Art House, Wyong, on Tuesday, June 12. Tickets start at $54.50. Visit thearthousewyong.com.au