5-6 July 2016
Reviewed by Katy Nettleton
This show has been billed as the “final farewell show of Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace and their most moving production yet” and I truly think the show lived up to the hype. I had tears of laughter, tears of fear and tears of hope just by watching these two mesmerising dancers and performers (supported by a team of backing dancers and singers). I am probably in the minority and knew vaguely of Vincent and Flavia previously but did not truly appreciate the skills, stamina and emotions that dancing can bring. As I am not a regular follower of Strictly Come Dancing I was unsure on what “show” would be performed.
The show started off with George sorting out his attic, as he looks into each box his memories come flooding back of him and his loved one, and takes you to a different place in time of their relationship. This started out with how they met, courted and then married with the Vincent and Simone dancing out these areas with various dance styles including Jazz, The Tango and Latin (to name a few).
I’m not sure what I was expecting, but it certainly wasn’t to be engrossed in each and every dance step and being taken to different emotional spots of my own, reminiscing of how my husband and I met. It was truly and engaging and stand out performance.
I don’t think the show was without faults; a couple of the backing dancers were out of sync on a few dances and I wouldn’t say the backing singers had the strongest voices. However they complemented one another brilliantly and made you forget about the actual words and voices with the singing merging into background music. It felt like you were watching a private performance and you only focussed on the stage and dancers; you felt like you were eves dropping on private memories George was having, including when he was sent away to war.
The main male singer Matthew Gent was brilliant, his voice was beautiful and unique. The song choices were beautifully sung and choreographed perfectly, and was complemented by the staging. The stage was only small but yet there seemed to be plenty of space with the singers standing high on the stage in a wall! The attic looked realistic and added humour of the piano not being tuned correctly and having an electric shock when trying to plug in an old Christmas tree! My favourite song was “Save the Last Dance For Me” and I had goose-bumps up my back and could not take my eyes off the stage or dancers.
I could go on and on about the show but to truly feel the emotions I did and watch a standing ovation performance you need to go and see Vincent and Flavia dance their heart out in their farewell tour.
Overall I give the show 5 out of 5, and would recommend it to everyone – as long as you enjoy music and appreciate dancing this show is for you!
Tickets cost from £17.90 to £49.40 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
Regent Theatre, Piccadilly, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST1 1AP | 0844 871 7649