Book: Ed Curtis
Director: Karen Bruce
Music &Orchestrator: Chris Egan
Reviewer: Rich Jevons
The show is introduced by Terry Kempner as Private Investigator Tommy Dubrowski who serves as narrator and comic relief throughout this scintillating show. He has in his possession compromising pictures of film star Bobby Burns, causing the lovely Lana Clemenza to become “not happy” and uses her feminine charms to get them for herself.
The detective’s shabby office is briskly transformed into a breathtakingly vast film set where bit actor Tony Deluca is playing a minor rôle in the film Dance ‘Til Dawn. Played by the irrepressible Vincent Simone, who certainly knows how to work a crowd, he achieves a huge round of applause for his first appearance.
The apple of his eye, starlet Sadie Strauss, is out of his league as she is attached to the lead actor (aforementioned Bobby) despite him being a “cheating rat”. Flavia Cacace puts her heart and soul into portraying Sadie, and she and Vincent have their first tempestuous pas de deux with real live wire electricity and massive stage presence from the couple so famous for Strictly Come Dancing.
Blonde bombshell Lana, has friends in the mafia and she gets it into her head to bump off Bobby before the scandal erupts. There then ensues a series of madcap capers including Sadie and Tony dancing in disguise as cardboard boxes (!) to escape the gangster hoodlums.
To a romantic rendition of ‘Moon River’ it seems Flavia and Vincent are joined at the hip, in total knowledge of each other’s every move, all faultlessly choreographed. Skip to Lana’s mansion in the Hollywood Hills, where a vibrant cocktail party is in full swing (the orchestra are swinging too!) and Tommy manages to find out the location of the much sought-after photos.
Throughout the performance, there are little bits of the repartee which reveal the show does not take itself too seriously. What it lacks in plot and character development, it more than makes up for with first class dance and glitzy high production values that are simply stunning, including period costumes to die for. Another beautiful balletic duet between the two leads sees Sadie sporting a gorgeous red and black outfit – perhaps the highlight of the show for its depth and intensity, a true tearjerker.
The celebratory finale sees you leaving the auditorium with a smile on your face and a flutter in your heart. Dance ‘Til Dawn is a rollercoaster of a dance, with sparkling diamond quality.
Runs Until: 4th April 2015