Singer-Songwriter Leo Ihenacho, former member of the multi-platinum selling UK group The Streets, is to head the national tour of the West End concert hit, Dancing in the Streets.
Leo (aka Leo The Lion) was also one of the most unforgettable singers on this year’s series of The Voice.
Picked by pop princess Kylie Minogue in the blind auditions – she declared him “one of my favourite singers”, fellow judge Will i am described him as a “freakin’ incredible singer”.
Dancing in the Streets, with a full supporting company of singers, dancers and band, is the original and the best critically acclaimed celebration of Motown’s greatest hits.
Earning rave reviews in its West End season, it now sets out on a 37-date UK tour starting in Crawley on October 8.
Leo will act as the show’s host and will be singing chart-topping hits made famous by Edwin Starr, The Four Tops, The Temptations and Marvin Gaye.
He said: “I grew up loving the sound of Motown.
“So many famous artists forged their career at the label. The hits that came from that tiny recording studio in Detroit have stood the test of time and remain classics to this day.
“I feel honoured to be singing some of the greatest songs ever written by a group of truly legendary artists.”
In Dancing in the Streets expect hit songs made famous by The Four Tops, The Temptations, Stevie Winder, Marvin Gaye, Lionel Richie, The Supremes, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles and more.
As a prominent member of The Streets, Leo contributed to the number one selling albums A Grand Don’t Come for Free and The Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living which culminated in a BRIT Awards appearance in 2006 alongside Mike Skinner.
The group performed all around the globe, as well as headlining V Festival and Reading Festival. Leo is currently working on his second album, which will be released in 2015.
Oct 8, The Hawth, Crawley
Oct 9, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon
Oct 10, The Lighthouse, Poole
Oct 11, Buxton Opera House
Oct 12, Richmond Theatre
Oct 15, De Montford Hall, Leicester
Oct 16, Regent Theatre, Ipswich
Oct 17, Milton Keynes Theatre
Oct 19, Wycombe Swan
Oct 22, City Hall, Sheffield
Oct 23, Royal & Derngate, Northampton
Oct 24, St George’s Hall, Bradford
Oct 25, Baths Hall, Scunthorpe
Oct 26, New Wimbledon Theatre
Oct 29, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
Oct 30, Victoria Hall, Stoke-on-Trent
Oct 31, Pavilion Theatre, Rhyl.
Nov 1, Grand Theatre, Blackpool
Nov 2, New Victoria Theatre, Woking
Nov 5, King’s Theatre Portsmouth
Nov 6, Congress Theatre, Eastbourne
Nov 7, Princess Theatre, Torquay
Nov 8, The Anvil, Basingstoke
Nov 9, Orchard Theatre, Dartford
Nov 12, Grove Theatre, Dunstable
Nov 13-15, Empire Theatre, Liverpool
Nov 16, Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
Nov 18, Grand Opera House, York
Nov 19, Theatre Royal, Brighton
Nov 20, Cliff’s Pavilion, Southend
Nov 21, Fairfield Hall, Croydon
Nov 22, Hexagon Theatre, Reading
Nov 23, Alban Arena, St Albans
Nov 26, Palace Theatre, Manchester
Nov 27, Music Hall, Aberdeen
Nov 28, Alhambra, Dunfermline
Nov 29, Caird Hall, Dundee