REVIEW: Bristol Hippodrome Dance 'Til Dawn with Vincent & Flavia

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By Carol_Deacon | Thursday, February 27, 2014, 16:53

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.

For further information and tickets click HERE.



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