We love hearing about dance shows, so when the lovely Dilly @dilly4 sent this amazing review of Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace-Mistry’s show Dance Till Dawn, we couldn’t resist sharing it with you all. Here’s what she thought of the opening night in Eastbourne!
“It was incredible!
Dance ‘Til Dawn is the second show produced by Adam Spiegel Productions and directed by Karen Bruce that Vincent & Flavia have starred in, and with Midnight Tango being such a huge success for them it was always going to be a hard act to follow. I had been to see Midnight Tango many many times and had wondered just how on earth they would manage to create something that little bit different, but which would be every bit as good… if not better.
I was already loving the new Dance ‘Til Dawn cast who are so very friendly with their twitter chit chats and had looked at some of their profiles on the Dance ‘Til Dawn website and could see from that just how talented they all were.
Our front row seats were brilliant and we were right behind the musicians in the orchestra pit ( so close that we could read the song titles on their sheets of music!)…I tend to jump in and get front row tickets, and then kind of regret it as sometimes it can be hard to see the entire stage from there, but with the musicians in between us and the stage it didn’t seem quite so bad and the whole stage could be viewed perfectly 🙂
I’ll keep the storyline of the show very brief, and only say what has already been mentioned before in press interviews etc, so that I’m not giving any spoilers.
It is basically centered around a film set in 1940’s LA, where a romance unfolds between a Hollywood couple (Vincent & Flavia) but things aren’t plain sailing for them with murder, mystery, suspense…. and a LOT of comedy inbetween. The interaction between other cast members (Tommy and Lana) is brilliant and definitely worth a special mention, as is the singing by Oliver Darley.
The set designed by Morgan Large is amazing and there are lots of props used throughout the show to brilliant effect… so many funny moments including the use of clothes rails, boxes and even lampshades (to name just a few) that will have you laughing out loud at the comedy antics from the cast.
The timing from Flavia and Vincent is BRILLIANT with these props and it is hard to believe that they hadn’t really done any acting until starting in theatre. Multi-talented doesn’t quite cover it when it comes to the cast of this show.
The cast members are all singing-all dancing and work incredibly hard throughout from beginning to end. Some very hi-energy routines which are exhausting to even LOOK at, and danced while singing too! Unbelievable!
There is a massive variety of music in this show which ranges from some old numbers, to some new numbers and I *think* maybe even one or two which have been especially created for Dance ‘Til Dawn but I’m not 100% certain on that one. All fab songs though and fit perfectly with the style of the show.
Another thing I had been dying to see were the costumes and in particular all the new dresses…. they were GORGEOUS and some very beautiful jumpsuits and playsuits! All cleverly styled to create the 1940’s feel, while having that bang on trend touch too. Loved them all and would be a very happy owner of ANY of them 😀 Flavia had amazing costumes which included a tennis dress, fur collared coat, sparkly fringed number…. and even a swimsuit! Yep, you heard right… a swimsuit!
Caroline Hannam, who is head of wardrobe on the show (and was the same on Midnight Tango) is a whizz with costumes/styling, and between her and the DSI team everyone on stage was looking ultra glam and every inch the Hollywood superstar.
The solo routines from Vincent and Flavia are as incredible as ever, and they treat us to a whole assortment of dances including a Quickstep, Jive, Charleston, Waltz, Foxtrot, Salsa, their wonderful Argentine Tango (which no show would be complete without)… and a very moving Rumba to Mi Mancherai which is beautifully sung by one of the cast.
Another which stood out for me was the fab ‘Feelin’ Good’ number which Flavia and the cast danced on Royal Variety Performance at the end of last year. It was great to see that danced live and is one I can’t wait to see again.
All in all it is a MUST-SEE show. The whole production is truly amazing and every cast member whether singer, actor, musician, dancer, or behind the scenes crew have done a truly magnificent job and I definitely predict a West End run will follow at some point.
I had high hopes as I know that anything Vincent & Flavia do is only ever going to be brilliant… This is brilliant and then some! This is BRILLIANT-ER! 🙂
I hope I haven’t given too much away, and I would love to write more about the actual story and dances etc but I’ll write another blog update next time I see it (Edinburgh) as by then a lot of you will have been to see it yourself and won’t mind me giving away too many details.
Anyone going to see the show is in for a HUGE treat, and anyone who hasn’t booked tickets already… what are you waiting for? GO DO IT! … 😉”
Thank you Dilly for that amazing review. If you’re going to see one of the phenomenal dance shows out there please let us know. You can tweet @scd_support or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll post your reviews on here! We’d really love to hear from you.