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Flavia & Vincent's Midnight Tango at New Alexandra Theatre - Review

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by Alison Brinkworth (subscribe)
Freelance journalist in Birmingham with a passion for the dynamic theatre, art, food and fashion scene in Britain's 'Second City'.
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Review of show with Strictly TV stars Vincent and Flavia
Underneath the glitterball of BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing, professional dancers Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace are the essence of fun and frivolity.

But when it comes to their dance speciality - tango - they get strictly down to business.

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The talented cast of Midnight Tango on stage


During the two-hour Midnight Tango show at Birmingham's New Alexandra Theatre, gone were the smiles and cute play-acting (at least until the final applause, when Vincent couldn't help but flirt with the crowd). Instead, the pair become a pair of serene, passionate and fantastically-gifted dancers in historic Buenos Aires.

Transported to a small bar with a live band and excellent singer, there was hardcore Argentinian Tango throughout, with the pair supported by a strong cast of fellow dancers and tango champions.

But the forte of this production, co-produced by Strictly judge Arlene Phillips and choreographed by the pair, was the strong emphasis on characters.

The audience become just as emotionally attached to the elderly disenchanted couple running the bar, who see their passion rekindled thanks to tango, as they do to the main stars of the show.

The story sees the usual romances and attractions form around the dancefloor as Vincent's character, Pablo, tries to impress the beautiful aloof Sofia (Flavia) through a series of passionate dances. Unexpectedly, the first half ends with a seductive Flavia tempted away by the local lothario.

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Flavia Cacace in Midnight Tango. Photo Manuel Harlan


After the interval, Vincent's heartbreak worsens as he gets into a fight with his rival in a scene that cleverly uses the Argentinian Tango, showing both the aggression of the dance as well as its romantic nature seen earlier in the show.

But as he licks his wounds with a bottle of rum and makes every woman in the audience want to jump up and cradle poor Vincent in their arms, up pops Flavia, who has come to her senses and realises he is the only man for her.

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Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone in Midnight Tango. Photo Manuel Harlan


This leads to the most technical and awe-inspiring dances of the production with just the pair on stage showing that they have much more talent than what viewers see them do on Strictly Come Dancing. It is tango in its purest form and utterly breathtaking.

There may not be as much glitter, glitz, jokes or family entertainment as Strictly, but this show exemplifies what good dancing is all about. It is powerful, passionate and emotive.

Now, where's that 10 paddle?
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Why? See one of the best tango pairings in the world
When: Until May 11, 2013
Phone: 0844 871 3011
Where: New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
Cost: 15 - 32
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I was at the show too and it was brilliant. Best live stage show I've seen since Chicago so that hopefully tells you how good it is!! :)
by ela.s (score: 0|2) 1955 days ago
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