Reviewed by Debbie Tasker
From a young age I watched the come dancing series with my Nana, so when it was reinvented some years later as Strictly Come Dancing I became a big fan of this show too. I look forward to the cold, dark Saturday nights in the run up to Christmas with great excitement – and now I watch with my Granddaughter! So you can imagine I couldn't have been happier when I was asked to review Strictly Confidential showing at The Lowry Theatre in Salford Quays, Manchester this week.
Created and directed by Craig Revel Horwood (the judge we all love to hate) and starring Lisa Riley, of Emmerdale and strictly fame plus talented dancers Artem Chigvintsev, Natalie Lowe and Ian Waite this is show stopping entertainment at its best.
We are treated to some fantastic dances from the cast, including The Rumba, Waltz, Jive and Tango plus many more. Monologues are used throughout the show to tell us about the stars lives away from the spotlight and a back projector show clips of past performances. Lisa Riley holds the show together, she oozes enthusiasm and her bubbly personality is perfect for her role as presenter/dancer!
The choreography is brilliant and there are some jaw dropping moments on many occasions. The backing dancers are superb, as is the live band playing at the back of the stage throughout. They belt out some cracking songs and their vocals are faultless. Costumes are out of this world and if you love glitz and glam as I do. You are in for a treat. The whole cast gets involved in some sets and they get to show just how versatile they all are.
We loved it from start to finish.
The only bit i didn't like was the Emmerdale scene, it was "naff". Oh my, hope Mr Horwood does not read this review. Naff and him don't usually go together do they! But apart from that little hiccup it was fab-u-lou! as the man himself would say.
Go and see it! A great night out. Most of the audience were ladies over 40 but I think it will appeal to all strictly and Lisa Riley fans. We left smiling, especially my mum because she had got to ogle Artem’s perfect physique all night – hope she doesn't read this either or I will be in big trouble!!
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