STRICTLY Come Dancing favourites Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace glide onto the stage of the Playhouse tomorrow in their West End ‘Hollywood Spectacular’, Dance ‘Til Dawn.
Set in the golden age of Hollywood, the show features dance styles from around the world including the Argentine tango, charleston, quickstep and a selection of waltzes, all set to a traditional big band sound.
Both former World Champions, Simone and Cacace have now been dancing together for 20 years, stealing the hearts of the British public with their breathtaking Argentine tango on Strictly.
Since then, the pair have thrilled theatre audiences with their live shows, which started in 2010 with Midnight Tango in 2010. So it comes as little surprise to discover that Dance ‘Til Dawn is also directed by Olivier Award- winning choreographer and director Karen Bruce, the woman responsible for Midnight Tango.
Fusing musical theatre, dance, romance and comedy Dance ‘Til Dawn transports audiences to the seductive age of Los Angeles in the 1940s. In the midst of a Hollywood film shoot leading man Bobby Burns is murdered and a romance develops between beautiful starlet Sadie Strauss (Flavia Cacace) and her handsome lover Tony DeLuca (Vincent Simone).
As a plot to frame Tony DeLuca unfolds, the duo use their flawless footwork and spellbinding choreography to dance their way out of trouble and into each other’s arms.
Described as ‘an unforgettable evening of timeless sophistication, breathtaking world class dance with stunning sets’, Dance ‘Til Dawn features iconic numbers such as Feeling Good, Moon River and Stand By Me.
Looking forward their three night run at the Playhouse, Cacace says, “I’m so thrilled to be returning to Edinburgh, it’s one of my favourite places to visit when we’re on tour. The audiences are always so warm and enthusiastic, and the city is beautiful.”
Simone is equally delighted, not least because of the passion for dance that Strictly has rekindled in the public at large.
“Strictly Come Dancing has definitely put dancing back in the spotlight,” he reflects. “So many people who come to see Dance ‘Til Dawn tell us how they have started dancing because of Strictly and seeing us dance on it.
“It’s great that dancing has a special place in people’s hearts again.”’
Joining Simone and Cacace on stage are Oliver Darley as The Voice, Teddy Kempner as Tommy Dubrowski and Abbie Osmon as Lana Clemenza
Dance ‘Til Dawn, Playhouse, Greenside Place, tomorrow-Saturday, 7.30pm (matinee 2.30pm), £11-£49.90, 0844-871 7627