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Midnight Tango - Simply Outstanding
on 15 November 2011
Having seen the show live (a few times) and seen the show in the cinema, I have been eagerly awaiting the DVD to relive the show again. To be honest, I thought the show was good but the DVD is brilliant because it allowed me to catch some of the clever nuances that you miss in the theatre. Such clever filming to catch all the funny bits between the Innkeeper and his wife (Teddy and Tricia) as they are so funny and essential for the story. Although I was looking forward to reliving the dancing yet again, I can't believe how much I have missed the music from the brilliant Tango Siempre, they are not just the orchestra for a show, but taking part and brilliant compliment the wonderful dancing.
Everyone who takes part in the show is wonderful and it is so hard to pick favourite bits. However the stars of the show of course are Vincent and Flavia (particularly Flavia) who completely shine throughout. Their emotional "make-up" dance in the second act (the white dress Tango Rumba) is completely extra-ordinary and as Karen Bruce mentions in the bonus "Midnight Tango Story" interviews (mainly Flavia and Vincent but Arlene and Karen involved too), it is only Vincent and Flavia who could do that type of dance because it is Argentine Tango steps complimented with all their other Ballroom and Latin expertise to create a Tango/Rumba/Smooth fusion where their true emotions are laid bare - even more effective on the DVD (because of some of the close ups) than sometimes on stage. During the 2011 summer tour, this one dance has reduced many people (including men) to emotional wrecks.
The DVD comes with 2 bonus features, the aforementioned interview about how Midnight Tango came about, Vincent and Flavia's dancing background, how the casting happened, how the twist of Flavia playing her violin happened and of course their favourite bits (approx 15 minutes) and a short tutorial from V&F on some simple AT that are seen in the show, particularly 2 that are seen in the wonderful celebratory finale.
As you can probably see, I could talk about this show and Vincent and Flavia all day - so had better stop now. However, I want to say one more thing: I can not recommend this DVD or the show highly enough. Of all the touring shows done by the Strictly profesionals over the years, this one blows all the rest out of the water - this one raises the bar to the next dimension.
And at £8 on Amazon its a bargain!