Creators/Choreographers: Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace
Director &Co-Choreographer: Karen Bruce
Reviewer: Maggie Constable
Dance ‘Til Dawn is precisely what you will want to do after you have seen the show! Hot-footing it from Strictly Come Dancing are Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone, seen at Milton Keynes Theatre previously with their superb Midnight Tango, and now bringing us all the glitz and glam of the 1940s in Hollywood, L.A in a melange of love story, spoof comedy, drama and, of course, their intoxicating dance moves.
Flavia is a film star named Sadie Strauss who believes her partner in work and life, the philandering Bobby Burns, is playing away from home with conniving temptress and lounge singer Lana Clemenza. The story is narrated by Colombo-style detective, Tommy Dubrowski, who is also rather keen on Lana. Then there is the sweet wannabe star, Tony Deluca, who is just a tad fond of Sadie and who takes the blame for one of Lana’s dastardly deeds. It is a simple tale which includes misunderstandings, murder, backstabbing and more but it works and is an excellent vehicle for show-casing the breathtaking dancing of the talented duo with dances like the Charleston, foxtrot, quickstep, rumba and Vincent and Flavia’s rightly renowned Argentine Tango.
Abbie Osmon entrances as the Monroe-esque moll, Lana. She is sassy and funny, has an incredibly powerful voice and adds that extra sparkle and humour to the show. The songs selected for her give her a chance to shine, nowhere more so than in her version of ‘That’s Life’, which she sings just before she is locked up (while the arresting cops sashay with her)!
There is plenty to laugh at in the show, which is full of self parody, and special mention must go to Teddy Kempner playing Tommy Dubrowski whose facial expressions, body language and delivery of the one-liners is great. He works well with Osmon’s Lana as a comic duo.
Oliver Darley is appropriately known as ‘The Voice’ and what a voice, especially in his rendition of ‘Moon River’. There are some poignant moments too with Tony and Sadie’s prison dance to the Italian song ‘Tu Mi Mancherai’, sung by a chorus member. Beautiful.
The finale, the Argentine Tango danced by Flavia and Vincent, sends shivers through the spine. The dancing and choreography are exquisite and the music, with plaintive violin, is utterly compelling.
The set is just right and cleverly used, the live big band superb, the singing spot on and the choice of songs very apt both musically and in terms of the story. These combined with fabulous costumes of the era, the stunning and pacy choreography and an ensemble of excellent dancers mean that Dance ‘Til Dawn is already pretty perfect but add to that mix the awesome and faultless footwork of Flavia and Vincent and the wonderful choreography from the pair, aided and directed sharply by Karen Bruce, and you have a show that delights at every turn.
Photo: Manuel Harlan |Runs until: Sat 10th May