Kate Bush tribute show WoW is making a Tyneside (FEB 27 – The Sage) stop as part of a national UK tour.
‘WOW’ introduces Maaike Breijman performing in the role of Kate Bush, with whom she shares a birthday, an uncanny resemblance in appearance, performance & vocal style.
Maaike is set to astound audiences worldwide, as she sings Kate’s greatest songs, performs numerous dance routines live on-stage with a full troupe of musicians, dancers plus state of the art light & video show .
Since the release of her debut album, ‘The Kick Inside’ (in February 1978), Kate Bush has toured just the once, performing 25 shows across the UK and Europe in April & May 1979. Despite this fact, Kate’s albums are still as popular today as they were upon release – her latest album, ‘50 Words For Snow’, went straight into the Top 10 of the album charts amidst a tidal wave of critical acclaim.
Kate Bush’s one and only UK tour (in 1979) opened in Liverpool and finished in London, as fittingly does ‘WOW’.
“Kate’s fans have waited over 30 years to see what we believe will be the next best thing to the real thing. It seems only fitting to launch and end the show in the same cities,” says Producer Spike Beecham.
Maaike Breijman was first brought to Spike’s attention after a close friend saw her perform as Kate Bush at an Irish music festival. Being a massive fan of Kate Bush, he was intrigued and finally made contact last year. Coincidentally two industry insiders had also recommended him to Maaike.
Maaike said: “There are various reasons. Not only do I love her songs musically, but each and every single one of her songs tells a story, either humorous or cruel or witty or intelligent and I love bringing these stories to life. Furthermore I’ve always loved the magic of the theatre – dancing and dressing up – and this project gives me the chance to combine all those things.”
Spike added: “It was important to me that this show was treated as if I was putting together a show for Kate Bush and our idea of what we believe Kate Bush would have done with the songs she never performed live. We have an amazing live band, and have taken the elements of dance we found in videos and from footage of Kate’s one and only tour and used these as a basis for some newly choreographed routines.
“We have also brought high production values to the show and will enhance Maaike’s performance with video, lighting and set design. As well as providing a stunning vocal performance and elements of dance, Maaike is also a musician and will play piano on some of the songs in the set”.
22nd Feb – Royal Philharmonic, Liverpool
23rd Feb – St. Georges Hall, Bradford
25th Feb – Theatre Royal, Glasgow
27th Feb – The Sage, Gateshead
28th Feb – Opera House, Manchester
2nd Mar – De Montford Hall, Leicester
3rd Mar – The Anvil, Basingstoke
4th Mar – Waterside, Aylesbury
6th Mar – Venue Cyrmu, Llandudno
7th Mar – Opera House, York
8th Mar – Derngate, Northampton
10th Mar – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London