Bristol Hippodrome

Dance 'Til Dawn February 2014 and March 2015

Strictly Come Dancing stars Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace opened with an absolutely fabulous new show Dance ‘Til Dawn at the Bristol Hippodrome this week.

And they didn’t put a foot wrong – it was perfection personified with the cast deservedly getting a standing ovation at the end of the two hour performance.

The pinnacle during this musical masterclass was Vincent and Flavia’s sizzling Argentine tango – wow, wow, wow.

Every genre from Charleston to ballroom with much more in between.

One lady on leaving the city centre was overheard repeating: “I loved it, I loved it.”

She added: “I didn’t expect to enjoy it so much – it reminded me of the hit musical Guys and Dolls.”

After wowing audiences nationwide with their previous show Midnight Tango, the diminutive duo has returned to tour with this dazzling dance fiesta which plays in Bristol until Saturday, March 1.

This new musical as well as being slick and sophisticated it is also very funny but not in the way Conservative politician Ann Widdicombe and Hairy Biker cook Dave Myers played it for pantomime laughs with their television dance.

Set in 1940s Los Angeles it is a romantic comedy about a beautiful starlet and her handsome beau.

Vincent with his larger-than-life dancer’s derriere and Flavia with her trademark scissor sharp haircut play the magnifico lovers.

There is none of the cheeky chap you glimpse in programmes like I’m A Celebrity... as the roles are played with professional precision by the pair.

The brilliant backing dancers – men in suits and girls wearing scant underwear – complete the corps de ballet.

Stage actor Abbie Osmon who has worked with The Voice judges Kylie Minogue and Tom Jones as a backing singer is bad girl Lana Clemenze.

Modelled on a cross between glamorous Hollywood actress Lana Turner and animated vamp Jessica Rabbit the blonde bombshell causes much amusement with her sassy wiggle and catchphrase ‘I’m not happy’ spoken in a southern Californian drawl.

Teddy Kempner is the downtown private detective who like Bob Hoskins in Who Framed Roger Rabbit investigates a murder/blackmail and low life gangsters.

Talking directly to the audience and wearing the signature dirty raincoat he captures the seedy spirit of the age while swigging from a bottle.

Standing behind a face-sized vintage microphone Oliver Darley, a former NME vocalist of the year is The Voice, croons a medley of dance hall hits.

And you have to agree with American singer-songwriter Ray Charles who described his sound as ‘a voice that could sing the angels to sleep and wake the devil from his bed...’ he is superb.

Dance ‘Til Dawn transports you to the Golden Age of Hollywood filled with world class dancers, beautiful costumes, wonderful music and Vincent and Flavia themselves with their flawless footwork and spellbinding choreography – don’t miss it.

Dance ‘Til Dawn is directed by Olivier award-winning choreographer and director Karen Bruce who also directed Midnight Tango.

 

Carol Deacon

Calls for an encore

 

This show is so good I went and saw it twice!

And many of my friends booked too thanks to the original review on www.nailseapeople.com.

So how did I find it second time around.

Even more wow, wow, wow.

The scissor-sharp dancing, the throwaway line ‘I’m not happy’, the well-written plot, it was so funny and so well performed.

Alison Walker, assistant manager of Specsavers, bumped into many of her customers on Tuesday night including comedian Eddie Large and his wife Patsy.

The keen Hippodrome fans agreed with Alison that this is a first rate show.

Alison said; “The storytelling is similar to that of a Mickey Spillane detective story.

“I didn't know what to expect and wondered would it be just a dance show?

“It was so much more - this was something different.

 “A comedy and a thriller and a love story set in the Golden Age of Hollywood.

“A talented cast combining dance and song told the story effortlessly.

“Having watched Vincent and Flavia on Strictly Come Dancing for a number of years we knew they were good but to see them live and put their dance into words makes for a brilliant and entertaining evening.

“It was a pleasure to see and it wouldn't have been complete without their Argentine Tango - simply the best.”

PREVIEW: Dance 'til Dawn

 

This show is terrific and if you don't believe me read the review I did on its last visit to the Bristol Hippodrome HERE.

Direct from the West End the creators of Midnight Tango present Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace in the Hollywood spectacular Dance 'Til Dawn at the Bristol Hippodrome from Tuesday to Saturday, March 24-28.

The 2015 UK tour former world champions Vincent and Flavia who have been dancing together for 20 years with their breathtaking Argentine tango/

Dance ‘Til Dawn is directed by Olivier award-winning choreographer and director Karen Bruce who directed Vincent and Flavia’s Olivier Award nominated show, Midnight Tango.

Fusing musical theatre, dance, romance and comedy into a smash hit spectacle, Dance ‘Til Dawn transports you to the seductive age of Los Angeles in the 1940s.

In the midst of a Hollywood film shoot leading man Bobby Burns is murdered and a romance develops between beautiful starlet Sadie Strauss (Flavia Cacace) and her handsome lover Tony DeLuca (Vincent Simone). As a plot to frame Tony DeLuca unfolds, the duo use their flawless footwork and spellbinding choreography to Tango and Quickstep their way out of trouble and into each other’s arms.

Dance ‘Til Dawn is an unforgettable evening of timeless sophistication, breathtaking world class dance with stunning sets, glamorous costumes and a full live band performing iconic numbers including  Feeling Good, Moon River and Stand By Me.

Joining Vincent and Flavia are Oliver Darley as The Voice, Teddy Kempner as Tommy Dubrowski, Abbie Osmon as Lana Clemenza, Faye Best, Tyman Boatwright, Callum Clack, Ivan De Freitas, Ben Harris, Rebecca Lisewski, Jemima Loddy, Ian Oswald, Giovanni Spano, Danny Stowell, Lindsey Tierney and Gemma Whitelam.

Tickets 51.90-12.90 from the box office of my clicking HERE.

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