Burn the floor should have been Capturing the floor because of the captivating way the dancers grabbed you and took you on a journey of unforgettable entertainment. Not only the talented dancers, but the visual effects, and the music, come alive by the incredible drummer and percussionist that dramatized the stage with sharp movement to every beat. These all made up an unbelievable live Broadway performance today at the California Musical Theatre in Sacramento, CA.
For my birthday back in May I was treated to a season ticket pass for the CA. Musical Theatre along with a friend who has been going for over 5 years. Today we enjoyed a nice lunch before the 2:00 pm performance and traveled the short distance together. Lunch was my treat today as her birthday has just passed. Getting to share this experience with another musical enthusiast is an awesome treat and we both loved this live dancing review very much. Although it was not like any other musical that we have seen at this theatre before it was more of a dance off of Ballroom dance numbers that reinvented the word musical.
The exciting new member to the dance company is a female vocalist, Vonzell Solomon, better known as “Baby V,” you might remember her as the second runner-up in the 4th season of ‘American Idol.’ Ms. Solomon’s singing performance at the beginning was just a glimmer as the dance numbers commanded the stage, but as she endured many costume changes she began to come alive as she was more relaxed in a shorter dress compared to her elaborate evening gowns. Her shorter dress allowed her more movement and she was amazing to listen to and watch.
The opening number was so dynamic that I was left breathless along with my friend next to me we looked at each other with our eyes as wide as quarters and let out a long sigh. All of the dance numbers were so exciting and energetic. The costumes were amazingly beautiful along with the talented dancers that came together from all over the world. A couple of our favorites were from Australia and Italy. The dance numbers were magnificently choreographed with every step being accurately precise. The dancers were so talented it was like they became one, and in doing so knowing each other’s next move. The lighting created all the dance number needed as there were very few props, maybe a chair or two or a small table. Each dance number told an exciting tale of romance, wonder, or lust. The dancers each play a part on the burning floor to make the song come alive.
Ballroom dancing at its best. Burn the floor features” international style,” which has been danced competitively since 1920. Ballroom is comprised of ten dances. The five standard dances: The Waltz, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz, Tango, and the Charleston. The five Latin dances: Cha Cha, Samba, Paso Doble, Rumba, and the Jive make up the dance routines that beckoned this viewer to jump up in the aisle and dance, especially to the number that Tina Turner made famous, you guessed it, “Proud Mary” but I controlled myself and remained calm in my seat.
Although this production has been running since September 29 in Sacramento, and today was the last day I’m sorry to say the production is on its way to Australia, if you get the chance go on-line to see when they will be in your area, I know I am.
Just to warn you since I now have a season pass to the California Musical Theatre, and there are 4 more productions I will be reviewing the performances for you and reporting back to you, I know it’s a dirty job, but somebody has to do it.