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04/04/17
What a great night last Saturday - the wonderful audience not only got into the spirit of this 20s evening, but dressed the part too!
Here's a review: (also read online)

'Myself and one of my best friends headed to the Grand Theatre's Great Gatsby night for an evening of beautiful entertainment. People of all ages gathered in their best 20's clobber to celebrate the light-hearted ditties of years passed in the much-beloved Grand Theatre in the heart of Wolverhampton.

From the Charleston of the 1920s Gatsby era through the beautiful classic songs of the 1930s, to swing and jazz hits, Michael Law's Piccadilly Dance Orchestra performed the greatest swinging tracks packed full of charisma and grace. Accompanied by the beautiful and debonair Louise Cookman, Michael Law captured the hearts of the audience instantly with his charming anecdotes, crisp sense of humour and powerful vocals, coupled with Louise's sultry harmonies.

2018 marks 30 years of Michael Law's Piccadilly Dance Orchestra and from the enthusiasm in every single note you'd think they were already celebrating - raging saxaphone solos, wah-wah-ing trumpets and fun-loving banjo riffs titillated the ears of the audience with renditions of the great works of Cole Porter,George Gershwin and Irving Berlin .

This night wasn't just one to sit and watch however, the audience were encouraged to get involved as much as possible and dance the night away. I was immensely moved seeing old married couples and budding young lovers joining hands and sharing love for the roaring twenties - reservations of embarrassment went straight out of the window as audience members danced through the aisles creating the most pure and loving atmosphere imaginable.

The Gatsby Dancing Girls created the perfect visual metaphor for the music on show - full of energy, quirky comedy and effortless charisma. Whether dressed to the nines as men or performing a sultry feather routine - the Dancing Girls kept the party alive whenever they entered the stage.

A fun-packed show from start to finish, The Grand Theatre created a party Gatsby himself would be jealous of full of highly talented musicians, high-octane dancers and a wonderful audience ready to dance the night away.'

An audience member also wrote:

'What a show! I think you and Alan were probably as pleased with the show’s huge success as the audience. I shall be very surprised if you are not invited back to Wolverhampton. I noticed that the theatre was eventually obliged to open the top balcony to accommodate all those who wanted to attend, something I believe they do only occasionally. You may have gathered from your sight of the foyer before the show that a majority of the audience (and particularly the ladies) made a considerable effort to dress appropriately. Congratulations to your Gatsby Girls for making a superb contribution to the proceedings.' (John C).
Michael