31 March to 2 April 2014
Reviewed by Gillian Stirrup
Strictly Come Dancing stars Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace star in this brilliant comedy, dance show – Dance ‘Til Dawn at the Liverpool Empire theatre.
The theme is set in Hollywood in the 1940s. Vincent plays Tony Deluce and Flavia plays Sadie Strauss an actress whose lover is cheating on her with club singer Lana. There are no speaking parts only the narrator, private detective Tommy and Lana telling their story through dance and music. The story is a mixture of slapstick comedy and murder. A romance unfolds between the starlet and Tony.
The stage scenery was lovely changing from the detective’s office, to Lana’s nightclub and Tony’s flat, a party and night club and a courthouse. Excellent scene changes and beautifully lit. Costumes were original 1940s designs.
The songs and the big band music were amazing, a mixture of vintage songs which included Feeling Good and Moon River. All the songs were professionally sung and to a very high standard. As for the dancing, flawless footwork and choreography.
Abbie Osmon plays the part of Lana in a most funny and brilliant way and her rendition of the classic That’s Life brought the house down. The private detective was so convincing and a great stage voice, very humorous and lots of audience anticipation.
Now we come to the dancing what can is say but it was breath-taking, I couldn’t take my eyes of the stage when Flavia and Vincent were dancing, absolutely brilliant, dancing such greats as the Foxtrot, the Charleston, Quick Step and the most famous of all was the Argentine Tango. You can feel the connection between Flavia and Vincent and the whole of the dance sequences were dreamlike, it brought shivers up my spine it was so endearing and romantic. In fact all the dancers and the singers were sensational. There was a standing ovation at the end everyone in the audience enjoyed it.
The plot was so easy to follow, and a pleasure to watch from start to finish. The whole cast were brilliant and I couldn’t fault it. This is a must see show and worth every penny even just to watch the dancing but for your money you get much more. An excellent production, to watch Vincent and Flavia dance close up is a dream. If you want to go and see a great stage performance go and see this, you will be more than happy.
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Liverpool Empire Theatre, Lime Street, Liverpool, L1 1JE | Box Office 0844 871 3017