Groove On Down The Road by ZooNation Dance Company is currently at the Southbank Centre, London until 1 September 2013. Is it worth seeing? Have a look at these reviews and make your own mind up!
Below is a selection of reviews to help visitors decide if they would like to see the show – if you have written a review and wish to be published here please leave a comment in the box below the article. Reviews after the synopsis and trailer!
ZooNation: Groove On Down the Road synopsis
From the award-winning and critically acclaimed ZooNation Dance Company and Kate Prince comes an exhilarating new dance adventure for the whole family.
Following the success of hit shows Into The Hoods and Some Like It Hip Hop, Groove On Down The Road re-imagines the beloved story of The Wizard Of Oz, showcasing the phenomenal dance talent of a new generation of ZooNation performers aged 10 to 19.
Dorothy, joined by Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion follow the yellow brick road through a fantastical urban world. But as their magical quest begins, will the bricks help them find what they are looking for?
An original new vision of a classic tale, featuring music by Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Justin Timberlake, Janet Jackson, Jose Gonzalez, Janelle Monae and Miguel, plus songs from The Wiz.
Get your groove on with the funniest, freshest and most imaginative family adventure this side of the rainbow.
ZooNation: Groove On Down The Road reviews
ZooNation’s Groove On Down The Road is wizard street dance entertainment – Metro
It’s a joyous ensemble piece […] Terrifically entertaining stuff – 4/5
The Telegraph (Sarah Crompton)
Though less sophisticated than ZooNation’s breakthrough, this is a highly skilled and hugely enjoyable evening – 4/5
Broadway World (Gary Naylor)
Groove On Down The Road grooves for 75 minutes without an interval and finishes to the screams, whistles and applause of an audience who loved it all the way from Kansas to Oz and back again.
The Stage (Sara Frater)
The show is fast-paced and good-humoured, with strong performances from both leads and ensemble.
Time Out (Jean Grant)
The unbelievable amount of energy, spirit and individual character of each performer is so professionally packaged, it’s easy to forget they’re all young company members under 19 years old. Choreographically, it’s tight and flows seamlessly from one segment to the next
Afridiziak (Tian Glasgow)
Sometimes out of simple ideas, amazing results are born. Zoonation’s latest project is staged in the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, which is normally reserved for live classical and jazz performances. Out of this reserved and minimal stage, the youth dance troupe manages to deliver one of the most bombastic and exciting experiences – 5/5
London Dance (Rachel Nouchi)
You have to pinch yourself to remember that the cast members are youngsters aged from 10 to 19 years, given the slick level of professionalism, execution of steps and incredible reserves of energy and spirit. It’s hard to believe that some of them are still in primary school.
Babes About Town
Groove on Down the Road is a hugely infectious, head-spinning, big-hearted production and a gorgeous tribute to the art of following your dreams. It made me want to sign my boys up for dance classes. It made me want to high five the stranger sitting next to me.