Dance ‘Til Dawn – Review

Vncent Simone and Flavia Cacace in Dance 'Til Dawn

Dance ‘Til Dawn has all the ingredients of a smash hit show and lucky you if you’ve got tickets.

It’s playing at Milton Keynes Theatre until Saturday then it continues its national tour. Catch it and enjoy an unforgettably slick and stylish night’s entertainment.

Dancers Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace don’t put a foot wrong, actor Teddy Kempner provides the laughs as the story’s narrator, blonde sexbomb Abbie Osmon sends temperatures soaring with her Marilyn and Oliver Darley sings some knockout tunes.

If there’s a magic formula to creating a successful show then director Karen Bruce has found it. It doesn’t get better than this.

Remember those old Hollywood blockbusters starring Astaire, Kelly, Cyd Charisse, et al? There’d be a pulp fiction tale, usually along the lines of dame in distress, wise guys, heroes and the like?

It didn’t really matter what the story was because every few minutes the stars would begin tap dancing or waltzing around the set.

Dance 'Til Dawn - Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace - credit Manuel Harlan (4)

Dance ‘Til Dawn cleverly plays on everyone’s strengths. Strictly stars Simone and Cacace don’t say a word throughout but let their stunning footwork do the talking.

Osmon shimmies on with a wonderful dumb blonde routine while Kempner’s monologues echo the voice-overs from those nickel and dime cop movies of the era.

In a parody of those 1940’s films down-at-heel gumshoe Tommy Dubrowski (Kempner) opens the show in his shabby LA private eye’s office where he sets the scene.

He’s a former cop who makes a fast buck working a scam with the local mobster.

Unfortunately the Wise Guy’s moll, the luscious Lana Clemenza (Osmon), has been caught in flagrante and on camera with Hollywood leading man, Bobby Burns.

Burns’ on-screen leading lady is Cacace’s Sadie Strauss and the pair are due to start shooting their new movie Dance ‘Til Dawn.

But Lana has other plans. Before a scene is shot Burns is whacked and Tony Deluca (Simone), a rising star with the hots for Sadie, is in the frame.

It’s an inspired concept to wrap the couple’s superb dance routines into a story where they don’t have to act or speak.

They’re like a pair of silent movie stars twirling effortlessly through each scene as everyone else performs the story.

Osmon has a couple of big show numbers that bring the house down – I’m A Woman and That’s Life – while I could have listened to Darley all night as he sang classics like Moon River and Stand By Me.

And let’s not forget the rest of the company who have been drilled to perfection by their taskmasters, joint choreographers Simone, Cacace and Bruce.

The finale sees the stars showcase their trademark tango that brings the audience to their feet for a standing ovation.

Dance ‘Til Dawn is a five-star triumph.

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