Previewed 23 October 2014, Opened 3 November 2014, Closed 3 January 2015 at the Aldwych Theatre in London
Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace bring their brand new show Dance Til Dawn to London for a strictly limited 10 week season as part of a major national tour.
Celebrating the Golden Age of Hollywood this sensational new production fuses Big Band hits, dance, romance and comedy as it transport the audience to the seductive age of Los Angeles in the 1940s. It is here in the midst of a Hollywood film shoot when leading man Bobby Burns is murdered and a romance develops between beautiful starlet Sadie Strauss and her handsome lover Tony DeLuca. As a plot to frame Tony DeLuca unfolds, the duo use their flawless footwork and spellbinding choreography to Tango and Quickstep their way out of trouble and into each other's arms. Performed with a full live band.
The cast features Vincent Simone as 'Tony DeLuca' and Flavia Cacace as 'Sadie Strauss'. The show is directed and co-choreographed by Karen Bruce with sets by Morgan Large, costumes by Vicky Gill and book by Ed Curtis. Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace, who have featured on the BBC TV's Strictly Cme Dancing, return to London following the huge success of their previous show Midnight Tango which played two seasons in the West End during 2012 and 2013, running for a total of 14 weeks.
When the production opened here at the Aldwych Theatre in November 2014 Donald Hutera in the Times highlighted that this was "slickly packaged... enjoyably escapist, mish-mash period fluff" that is "put together with solid, middle-of-the-road skill. It's a populist, dance-focused musical comedy that knowingly draws upon cultural stereotypes appropriated from the movies... disposable entertainment and, as such, fun while it lasts." Michael Billington in the Guardian thought that "one has the feeling of watching a formidable exhibition of skill rather than something that grows out of the supposed story." Zoe Anderson in the Independent wrote that "the music is played live, with a punchy band and atmospheric singing from Abbie Osmon and Oliver Darley" adding that "it's a bright, fluffy show, more concerned with fun than authenticity... Having skipped through styles from Charleston to jive, the show ends with its stars' calling card, a stripped-back tango from Vincent and Flavia. Their final dance, performed as if for the movie cameras, has silky lines and sharp-cut footwork, their legs entwining in flickering kicks and steps, the lifts dramatic yet smooth. It's a strong finale for a friendly, sparkly show." Neil Norman in the Daily Express said that "this is a dance spectacular with songs and a story added rather than a musical with dance numbers. And with Vincent and Flavia leading a dozen dynamite dancers we are in safe hands, feet and legs... [with] and a sharp and witty script by Ed Curtis... director and co-choreographer Karen Bruce brings style, character and wit to the dance sequences... Great fun." Louise Levene in the Financial Times wrote that "Karen Bruce's witty and varied group dances are niftily performed by leggy chorines and a mixed bag of refreshingly chunky chaps... the eight-piece band is terrific."
"Fast and furious, this high-energy production, featuring Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace stars of Strictly Come Dancing, is not really a musical more of a dance spectacular with songs. Director Karen Bruce's imaginative choreography borders on sheer brilliance whilst Morgan Large's innovative set design makes for a seamless production. Hung on a rather predictable 'we've seen it all before' plot and bound together with cheesy dialogue Dance'Til Dawn tends to come over as a wraparound to showcase the talents of world champion dancers Simone and Cacace." The Yorkshire Post
Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace in Dance Til Dawn in London at the Aldwych Theatre previewed from 23 October 2014, opened on 3 November 2014 and closed on 3 January 2015.