1-5 July 2014
Reviewed by Nicola McCallum
Dance ‘Til Dawn featuring the wonderfully talented Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace would always appeal to strictly fans but as I discovered this evening, this is so much more than just a dance show.
The evening’s performance was at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton, and the theatre was the perfect host for this performance. Although the theatre itself does not have its own car park, due to its central location this is not a problem. With a variety of car parks all within a few minute’s walk from the theatre it is also ideally placed to be reached via train and bus too. As soon as you enter the foyer you are greeted by several smartly dressed members of staff that are on hand to guide and advise the public as necessary. With smiles on their faces it is refreshing to see that each and every member of staff is happy to be there and with their smart black and red uniforms they are easily located throughout the building.
The story of Dance ‘Til Dawn is set around the 1940s and is full of the Hollywood glamour of that era. With the narration of the story told to the audience by a private investigator we are taken on a journey of deceit, heartbreak and love littered throughout with humour. Hollywood starlets Sadie and Bobby are the golden couple of Hollywood but after a Private Investigator photographs Bobby and his lover Lana, events unfold which see Sadie turning to up and coming actor Tommy for comfort and Tommy being framed for murder.
As expected Vincent and Flavia are outstanding and it is breath-taking watching them both dance to their full potential. Even though this show gives the impression as a dance show, dancing is where the show only begins. With a great mix of narration, song and dance the production team have written the show beautifully and the show flows effortlessly between each number and scene change.
The production as a whole is of the highest quality, each costume was fabulous, the set outstanding but the highest praise goes out to every single member of the cast. Each member of the company was not only en pointe throughout with their dancing performance but on several occasions when a musical number started I was in disbelief that they could match their high quality dancing with an amazing singing voice. Special mentions have to go to Oliver Darley and to Abbie Osmon who blew the audience away on more than one occasion with their musical numbers. Teddy Kemper brings great comic timing in his role as Tommy, he is so at ease in his role you could easily believe that this role was specifically written for him. Vincent and Flavia do not disappoint their audience either. Every style of Ballroom and Latin is displayed through the musical numbers and not one feels out of place in relation to the story. The fast moving quickstep chase number was my favourite, that is until a sultry paso doublé danced by Flavia in Act 2 blew me away, and by the audience response I was not the only one.
This production is strong on every level and could not be faulted at all. It had a great flow through out and would appeal to all ages groups and sexes. Although it follows the typical Hollywood love story, the writers have injected humour by poking fun at the traditional cliché which is testament to the writers to have the audience laughing throughout.
At first glance the ticket prices seem higher than the average show to visit the Mayflower but considering the quality of this show I believe the prices are value for money. As a fan of Vincent and Flavia I would have happily paid the higher ticket price but now I have seen the show and the quality of the production I believe this show is excellent value for money. To say that I had an enjoyable evening is an understatement. I would easily give this show a full 5 out 5 and the only thing that could have improved my experience would have been meeting all the stars in person to thank them for telling the story so beautifully and passionately. This is a show that could be watched over again and again.
Tickets cost from £19 to £32.50 (plus 7.5% booking fee).
Dance ‘Til Dawn is at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton until 5 July. For for more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 02380 711811.
Mayflower Theatre, Commercial Road, Southampton, SO15 1GE | 02380 711811