Director: Karen Bruce
Book: Ed Curtis
Reviewer: Rachel Clark
Fred and Ginger, Gene and Cyd, and now Vincent and Flavia. The perfect partnership is the magical ingredient to a timeless tale and, decked in the sophisticated fashion of the 1940s, Vincent and Flavia’s latest theatrical show revives the charm and glamour of the Hollywood studio musicals.
Gently mocking every 1940s gangster film you can imagine, Dance ‘Til Dawn follows Tommy Dubrowski’s witty narrative as he recounts the events in Hollywood after film star Bobby Burns is shot dead in the middle of filming his new picture with partner Sadie Strauss (Flavia Cacace). Sadie’s lover Tony DeLuca (Vincent Simone) plunges the pair into trouble when he snatches compromising photos from the hands of nightclub owner Lana Clemenza and the lovers are forced to run from their problems, neatly Quickstepping over the body of Bobby and disappearing into the night with Lana’s photographs in Tony’s jacket pocket.
Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace, best known for their involvement in BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, are simply stunning in their rôles as the runaway lovers. With no dialogue and full dependence on the power of dance to convey their tale, their characters take on the magical quality of the silent movie romance. Their undeniable chemistry is a delight to watch as the characters drive towards the final climax of their hypnotising Argentine Tango, one of many dance styles showcased throughout the evening but arguably the stand out moment of the show.
Lana Clemenza, expertly played by Abbie Osmon, is the ultimate comedy femme fatale and torch singer although the character takes a startling turn when she transforms from a Lina Lamont type character into a Christina Aguilera powerhouse. In a show driven by the huge popularity of Vincent and Flavia, Osmon’s performance is a thrilling surprise.
Vicky Gill’s costumes are a visual feast that stay true to the time period of the show. The music however embraces a wide variety of songs, from the 1930s to the contemporary works of Adele and Paolo Nutini. Although the show visually and thematically strives to link itself with the glamorous golden era of Hollywood, the varying musical styles contribute to the charm of the show, under the wise musical direction of Patrick Hurley.
Slick choreography executed to perfection teamed with alight-hearted comedy script and thesparkling glamour of Hollywood,Dance ‘Til Dawn is a theatre show of high entertainment value, thoroughly captivating from start to finish. Don’t miss it!
Runs until Saturday 11 April