THE glamour and glitz of the golden age of Hollywood arrived in Bristol in spectacular style last night.
A stunning set, enviable costumes and jaw-dropping dancing from the King and Queen of the Argentine Tango make Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace’s brand new show, Dance Til Dawn, a joy to watch from start to finish.
The Strictly Come Dancing stars have, alongside Karen Bruce, co-choreographed this foot-tapping tale set in 1930s LA when movie stars ruled the world.
Sadie Strauss (Flavia) and Tony Deluca (Vincent) find each other amid the back-stabbing, affair-ridden, disloyal world of the silver screen but only after Tony is wrongly accused of murdering a fellow actor who was actually shot by sultry blonde Lana Clemenza (Abbie Osmon).
Pursued by the mob, the love-struck pair must prove their innocence to save Tony from a life in prison.
On the run they perform a superbly-timed quick step over the bodies of fallen gangsters, fiery tangos and the sexiest of rumbas inside jail.
The chemistry Strictly fans have watched compulsively every Saturday night transfers with even more passion on stage as the couple move in unison throughout all their daring routines.
Flavia is just as at home as an innocent Hollywood sweetheart as she is a deadly diva charming Lana’s band of baddies to gain access inside her office. And Vincent, strong but tender in equal measure, manages to give us flashes of his cheeky personality throughout the show.
Of course the best is saved for last as the champion dancers perform their trademark Argentine Tango with such precision and panache, most of the audience would have happily watched the fast and furious world class display for another hour or two.
Narrated with brilliant black humour by private investigator Tommy Dubrowski (Teddy Kempner), Dance Til Dawn is a progression from the dancers’ original venture into theatreland, Midnight Tango, with an easier-to-follow story, vivid characters and a lot more fun.
Abbie Osmon is sizzling as the Marilyn Monroe-esque temptress Lana whose sexy voice sounds as good as she looks in a show-stealing floor-length purple gown. Her powerful rendition of That’s Life really will take your breath away.
Teddy Kempner adds a wonderful touch of humour to the mix and The Voice aka Oliver Darley sounds like silk singing such classics as Moon River and Stand by Me.
Dance Til Dawn is an unmissable show not least because of its star couple’s scintillating routines. But its success is also down to the entire ensemble, each and everyone of whom is stupendously talented at dancing and singing and sometimes both at the same time, as well as the leading actors and witty script writers.
Dance Til Dawn is on at the Bristol Hippodrome until Saturday, March 1.