WOW THE SHOW
UK TOUR STARTS
FRI 22 FEB 2013
‘WOW’ introduces Maaike Breijman performing in the role of Kate Bush, with whom she shares a birthday, and an uncanny resemblance in appearance, performance and 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 and state of the art light and 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 and May 1979. Despite this fact Kate’s albums are still as popular today as they were upon release, her new album, 50 Words for Snow, went straight into the top ten of the album charts.
The first live date of Kate Bush’s one and only tour started in Liverpool in 1979. “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 the show in Liverpool” says Producer Spike Beecham.
Maaike was first brought to Spike’s attention after a close friend saw her perform as Kate Bush at a festival in Belfast. 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, one of which was the late Sam Jones from the Liverpool’s O2 Academy.
“I’m really looking forward to playing at The Royal Philharmonic in Liverpool again. I’ve actually only been in Liverpool for this project, but I’m working with all these talented people from the City which has already given me plenty of good memories” says Maaike, whose own musical tastes range from Sigur Ros to Joni Mitchell. Although pressed to choose her favourite albums, Kate Bush’s The Dreaming is up there with The Beatles White Album and Blue by Joni Mitchell.
So why Kate Bush? “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 and dancing and dressing up, and this project gives me the chance to combine all those things”
So what can we expect from the show? “While we’re still in production rehearsals it’s a little bit of a guess which songs will be my favourite to perform, as they might be different from the ones I love to sing most or listen to at home. But I’m really looking forward to performing Breathing, Them Heavy People and Army Dreamers. I won’t say anything more about the set list though.” Says Maaike.
Spike adds “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, 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”.
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