‘Upbeat Dancer – The Musical’ In Pre-Production

June 4, 2012

A new musical stage production called UPBEAT DANCER – THE MUSICAL is set to enter into pre-production. Based on the famed UPBEAT TV SHOW hosted by Don Webster that ran from 1964 – 1971 on WEWS Channel 5 in Cleveland, OH, the dancers that were featured were a big part of the show’s appeal and success.

Wouldn’t it be great if a mega-dollar producer came along and helped the proppnents take this to the big screen or even a television. I could see a quality, a la Mad Men, production on AMC.

Regardless, below is the press release that was just issued announcing more details on UPBEAT DANCER – THE MUSICAL.


(Cleveland, Ohio) June 1, 2012 – – Today, Dakota P. Productions announced, they have begun pre-production on the musical “Upbeat Dancer”. The production is in preparation for its 2013 debut on the big stage and screen. The musical is based on the industry’s first integrated rock and roll musical variety television show. The Upbeat Show debut in Cleveland, Ohio in 1964 and ran until 1971 giving the city the distinction of being an entertainment hub for musical talent and a gateway to super stardom.

The nationally broadcast Upbeat Show was shot at WEWS Television Studios, WEWS studio is now designated a rock ‘n’ roll historic landmark because of this innovative show called “Upbeat.” Exposure on the show was crucial for up-and-coming artists. It also affected the music that was played over the airwaves. Once the artist appeared on “Upbeat,” the DJs that played that kind of music all over the country had to play their records. The show influenced artists and fans all over the nation.

The Temptations, James Brown, Otis Redding, Mitch Ryder, The Bar-Kay, The Bar-Kay, Dennis Yost and the Classics IV, Three Dog Night , The Cowsills , Oliver, Edwin Starr, Loretta Lynn, Steppenwolf, Joe Tex, American Breed, The Grass Roots, Archie Bell and the Drells, 1910 Fruitgum Company, Marvin Gaye & Tammy Terrel, Jerry Butler, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, The O’Jays, Eric Burton & the Animals, are but a few of the legends that performed on the Upbeat Show.

“Upbeat Dancer” is a production that will have the audience swept up in the excitement, movement and feel of the era. The actors sing, dance and perform their way through the Rock an Roll era of the 60’s and 70’s, the musical brings the music, sounds and style of the 60’s and 70’s current.

For further information on the musical, “Upbeat Dancer” contact, Jamie Johnstone at 216-249-5564 or by email at jamie@dakotapproductions.com

NOTE: Also see our related UPBEAT TV SHOW and UPBEAT DANCERS articles at:


Upbeat Dancers Remember #1: DIANNE RINI

An ‘Upbeat’ Success Story!


(c)2012 Doc Lehman/BANGAGONG!

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