The Golden Age of Dance was performed at Theatre Royal Drury Lane on the 13th of November and took to the stage of Cardiff’s Wales Millennium Centre on Tuesday the 15th in what was a brilliant stand alone performance.
It was a fantastic night filled to the brim with top quality West End talent. I had to refrain from leaving my jaw on the floor in awe as some of the most magical dance numbers in MGM Movie history were brought to life like never before.
The performance was a nostalgic homage to some of Hollywood’s most iconic dance sequences, including Gene Kelly’s famous ‘Anchors Away’ with Jerry the Mouse. This was a personal highlight of the night for me, being familiar with the 1945 dance.
The evening was charismatically hosted by Strictly Come Dancing’s Russell Grant, who joyously introduced the talent and numbers. He’s a true friend of the stars and his humour and improvised stories brought a sense of humbleness to the stage.
Watching Alan Burkitt perform the number from Top-Hat was a pleasure. His choreography was original and outstanding. I was particularly blown away by Flora Dawson’s talent. She is currently a part of Welsh National Opera’s production of Kiss Me Kate, which will be returning to the Wales Millennium Centre this coming December (6th-10th Dec) after a successful opening in early Autumn.
It was a privilege to be a part of the audience. I thoroughly enjoyed a night of pure talent and joy. I will forever remain in awe of the dancers grace and elegance. They made it look so easy. There were also some amazing vocal numbers including Marianne Benedict’s fantastic rendition of Star! ‘Someone to Watch over Me’.
The Novello Orchestra, led by David Mahoney, brought the joyous jazz era to life with an energetic and flawless performance. They’re always a pleasure to watch and listen to. Russell Grant asked the audience if they would buy tickets for a Novello Orchestra concert, saying it was something that had been talked about for awhile. I, for one, can only imagine – that would be a sell out!
The only downside to the show was that it was over too fast. It’s also a shame the show was only put together for two performances. Pure talent. Pure enjoyment.
I wish I could watch it all over again.