I thought Dance ’til Dawn, starring Strictly’s Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace, would be a light hearted, fun evening of dance enjoyment. I wasn’t expecting a slick, well rehearsed show with an amusing plot, great ensemble numbers and actual characterisation and I certainly wasn’t expecting to be moved to tears three times by the beauty of what was taking place on stage.
Simone plays the role of Tony Deluca, a young aspiring actor in 1940’s Hollywood, while Cacace takes the part of starlet Sadie Strauss. The pair fall in love, but Deluca is then wrongly imprisoned for the murder of Sadie’s cheating boyfriend. We are taken through the rather light plot by Teddy Kempner, who plays well worn private investigator Tommy Dubrowski with a lot of heart and much humour. The tongue in cheek script is delivered excellently by both Kempner and also Abbie Osmon who brings just the right touch of Marilyn Monroe to her gun toting, all singing, all dancing nightclub owner role.