As one of probably only a few women in Britain who have never watched "Strictly Come Dancing", I went along to see Dance 'Til Dawn with no idea who Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace are.
I was expecting a dance show with a bit of a story-line to it, but this turned out to be a full scale musical which reminded me at times of both Singin' in the Rain and West Side Story. The story-line may have been a bit thin at times, but the performances by all of the cast more than made up for that. It had laughs, great music and songs, gorgeous costumes, and of course the dancing. I understand that Vincent and Flavia are most famous for their Argentinian tango, which was one of the highlights of the show, but they performed other dances such as the Charleston with equal ease and technical excellence, and there is obviously a great chemistry between them. Vincent reminded me very much of Gene Kelly, both in his physical build and his ability to make complicated dance moves look so very simple, as well as his flair for comic timing in some of the almost slapstick choreography.
Abbie Osmon's Lana, a night-club owner, again reminded me of Singin' in the Rain, with the same comical high-pitched speaking voice as Lina Lamont, but she could certainly belt out the songs, especially her rendition of That's Life. Oliver Darley as "The Voice" provided the vocals for many of the dances, including a beautiful version of Moon River. I have to admit the choice of songs was a bit confusing, as the story was set in the 1940s, but few of the songs came from that era, and some were in fact from the last few years. They all worked well to tell the story, though.
The stars of the show were undoubtedly Vincent and Flavia, and judging by the applause when they first came on stage, many of the audience were there just to see them. Would the show have worked without them as the principal dancers? It probably would have, but their performances raised this from "just another musical" to a fabulous spectacle. Even if, like me, you've never seen them dance before, you'll come out of this show as a fan of Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace.
Review by Lisa Sibbald