Reviewed by Catherine Brown
Burn the floor, led by the charismatic Kevin Clifton, is a fantastic show full of extremes. From sensual slow dances to high energy tango, accompanied by talented musicians and even a little light comedy banter, this is an unmissable experience.
The opening scene makes reference to the 2 year delay getting into the theatre, but there is nothing stale about the company or their performances. Kevin Clifton is a familiar face to fans of Strictly Come Dancing, more recently he has ventured into musical theatre with great success. Accompanied by 12 other talented dancers, and adding singing to his repertoire, Kevin leads the show brilliantly keeping the audience in the palm of his hand.
The Blue Danube Waltz is the first main dance which gives a hint to the skills of the cast who have come from all corners of the globe to be part of the hit show which has run for over 20 years. This sedate traditional dance is in stark contrast to the leather clad dancers who change the tempo and show their dark side in Please don’t stop the music. The high energy continues with numbers including Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, Another one bites the dust and We will rock you. Costumes including red tightly fitted dresses for the ladies and tight black trousers for the men perfectly suit the powerful beats and latino moves.
Slower numbers include Natural woman where the female dancers are barefooted and create a very sensual atmosphere with superb choreography. Un Giorno is sung in Italian with the audience bursting into applause at some of the impressive lifts. Hallelujah gives the two main vocalists Tyler Azzoparoi and Chase Kamata chance to shine while Lauren Oakley dances a mesmerising interpretative dance.
Act Two began with Human performed by Tyler wearing a hooded top and moving dramatically around Kevin Clifton. The use of spotlights and darkness on stage added a great mystery to the performance. Man’s World gave Chase the chance to showcase her powerful and mesmerising voice. Both singers came close to stealing the show from the dancers on multiple occasions. Their duet of Shallow was both emotional and tender, showing great chemistry between them.
Interspersed between the musical numbers, Kevin spent a little time chatting to the audience. He made reference to the number of Burn the floor cast from previous seasons who had gone onto starring in Strictly Come Dancing, a few who had even held the famous glitterball trophy. Carmen gave the ladies in the cast a chance to put on their corsets and flamenco style skirts with a fan in their hand. The quick footwork and flicks of their costume were accompanied by the fierce men sat astride gold and black high backed chairs. This flowed well into Obsessive Tango where the men used black capes to fight for the attention of redhead Marta Cogno. The show finale was a perfect combination of a sequin clad Kevin singing Let me Entertain You (highly appropriate in Robbie’s home town of Stoke) followed by Ballroom Blitz which got all the audience on their feet dancing and clapping along.
I watched Burn the floor at the Regent Theatre in the Hanley area of Stoke-on-Trent. The UK tour is visiting multiple venues from now until the 19th February. Ticket prices vary according to the theatre. For more information or to book tickets visit www.atgtickets.com I would certainly recommend getting a ticket and give this sizzling show a 5/5 rating.