From working with McCartney, Minogue and Elton John to kids in Dartford
PUBLISHED: 15:36 05 August 2011
»He is one third of the country’s most successful music trio and is credited with turning Kylie Minogue into a chart-topper so it is hard to believe Mike Stock is the composer and producer of a touring show for youngsters.
His new tour with the Go!Go!Go! Show is no ordinary take-it-or-leave-it tots’ show, with songs written by Stock, one third of the legendary Stock, Aitken and Waterman, he teams up with Steve Crosby who masterminded pop sensations Steps, as the show’s second producer.
And after success in the West End he is stopping off at the Orchard Theatre, Dartford, later this month as part of a UK tour.
Despite 35 years of experience, alongside legends Paul McCartney, Elton John and Cliff Richard, he admits that this family pop musical is shaping up to be the most ambitious project to date.
He said: “Children are a very tough audience – they will not only tell you what they think, but they will walk away if they don’t like it.
“The music has to affect them – they have to feel and love it.
“I decided I was never going to condescend to the young but give them the kind of straightforward pop that I’ve always done, so you catch their attention with a combination of music and rhythm.
“We are very heavily choreographed, because I wanted there to be constant movement – there’s no standing still in this show.”
Featuring five new pop stars, new hit songs, a confused Mr Baffled and much more, Stock, considered the most prolific writer and producer in British singles chart history, says the show fills a gap in the market because most music is aimed at 18 to 30-year-olds.
Gemma Naylor, Steve Leeds, Holly Atterton, Carl Tracy and Jade Meaney were picked for their ability to sing and dance and to connect with kids and are being launched as a pop act via the show. And with a zany plot about a sock-munching creature called the Fluffalope it’s a perfect excuse to encourage audience participation.
n Go! Go! Go! Show at the Orchard Theatre, Dartford, from Friday August 26 to 28. Box office on 01322 220000.