Writer: Ed Curtis
Director: Karen Bruce
Choreographers: Karen Bruce, Vincent Simone &Flavia Cacace
Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys
Dance ‘Til Dawn is Strictly Come Dancing favourites’ Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace’s hybrid theatre show: part musical theatre, part dance showcase and perfect exhibition of the sublime skills of the dancing duo.
Ed Curtis’ story is flimsy fun: a comedy murder mystery, film noir pastiche, set in 1940’s Los Angeles, the piece is narrated by seedy (and extremely funny) private eye Tommy Dubrowski (Teddy Kempner). Hollywood star Sadie Strauss’ (Flavia Cacace) actor lover Bobby Burns is cheating on her with nightclub proprietor Lana Clemenza (Abbie Osman), a classic film noir floozie if ever you saw one. Bobby is murdered and a set of questionable photographs falls into the wrong hands and the blame falls squarely in the lap of poor, aspiring actor Tony Deluca (Vincent Simone).
The script has its tongue planted firmly in its cheek and is replete with cheesy lines: “It would never work between us, I’m a Capricorn and she’s a psychopath”, and theatrical in-jokes delivered straight to the audience, all of which are completely forgivable due to the sheer quality of the entire production.
The focus, of course is firmly on the footwork, but this whole endeavour has been crafted with a fine eye for detail throughout. The choreography by Simone, Cacace and Karen Bruce, is at all times inventive, amusing and thoroughly absorbing. You would be hard-pressed to single out any particular routine, such is the quality throughout, but if pushed, the duet “Mi Mancherai”, sung with heartbreaking emotion by Oliver Darley and Giovanni Spano and danced tenderly by our heroes, is a knockout.
The show is extremely well paced, there’s no filler between the slick scene changes and the audience’s attention is never allowed to waver. The first act pace is so frenetic that there’s literally a scene where the dancing duo are leaping over mobster’s dead bodies, the second act too whips along apace and the finale gives the audience what they’ve been waiting for; a chance to see the tango world champions do what they do best.
The musicianship and vocal talent on offer is first class. Oliver Darley as The Voice has an astonishing talent and the most wonderfully era-evocative tone. The live band breathe life into classics both old and new and the ensemble are universally of the highest quality.
From the applause that greets the dancing duo on their entrance to the standing ovation at the end, this is a classy affair. A real gem of a production – catch it if you can.
Runs until 7th February 2015 then touring.