Reviewed by Sally Carter
Last night (Sunday 18 March 2018) we braved the snow and set out to Ferneham Hall in Fareham town centre to see Strictly Come Dancing’s very own Pasha Kovalev in his own show, The Magic of Hollywood.
“This amazing new show will be jam packed with sequins, glitz and glamour as Pasha takes to the stage with his sensational dancers and they perform “Oscar worthy performances” all set to a Hollywood theme – a night not to be missed!”
This however, was all we could find out about the show as information online was limited and with no programs available at the venue… it was a complete venture into the unknown; however, with Pasha as the leading man, it was one people seemed willing to take. It was only the 4th performance of a 66 date tour and nerves at the start were clear.
Pasha and his long-time dance partner, Anya Garnis, hosted the show together. A splendid showcase of professional routines from themselves and two other couples, a beautiful selection of songs, performed live by female vocalist and dancer Britt Lenting, local dancing talent from the Jane McKinnon School of Dance, and audience participation!
The show certainly delivered on the glitz and glamour front! The costumes and lights were breath-taking and very much in keeping with the Hollywood theme. The set is simple, yet effective and with it being a touring show, practical too.
Without giving too much away the audience became involved during the second act of the show which was great fun and 3 ladies from the audience really had their evenings made, when Pasha chose them to take part in something special!
Act 1 featured Charleston’s, Fox Trots and some beautiful lyrical dancing. The second act had some particularly good numbers including a raunchy tango and a seductive rumba that seemed to catch the audience’s attention more than the first act had. It was also great to see the showcasing of local youth talent, from the Southampton based Jane McKinnon School of Dance who obviously had a ball.
Overall, an enjoyable evening’s entertainment. I wish them well with the rest of the tour.
Pasha – The Magic of Hollywood is currently on tour around the UK until June 2018, for more information and tour dates visit www.pashakovalev.co.uk.
For other shows at Ferneham Hall in Fareham visit www.fernehamhall.co.uk or call the box office on 01329 231942.
Ferneham Hall, Osborn Road, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 7DB | 01329 231942