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We Can't Dance But We Still Want Sinatra To Dance WIth Us

Where: 3131 Las Vegas Blvd South [map], 89109
December 13, 2010 at 5:04 PM | by | ()

So SINATRA Dance With Me opened at Encore on Saturday and was probably the biggest opening night since Viva Elvis. Luckily, having been lucky enough to see it, we can say that’s pretty much where the similarities end.

Before we tell you what we thought of it, here’s what everyone else said. Twitter, for a start, was ablaze with we-heart-sinatra messages. Leachie loved it (is there a show that doesn’t dazzle him? Answers on a postcard). More importantly, so did Norm.

The friend we saw it with on Saturday loved it so much that she was moved to tears. And another friend of ours - one of two hefty English boys who’d flown over for the boxing this weekend - saw it last night and texted us this morning to say “Show so cool!” So cool, in fact, that they went and ate at Sinatra afterwards.

As for us – well, we’re not as effusive as that lot, but then again, you should take into account that we mainly love cheesefests and live music. We’re not so big on dancing and we have to admit to being one of the 10 people in the country not in possession of a Frank CD. So a show that had no words, and was all dancing to Sinatra’s disembodied voice and accompanied by a live band was intrinsically not our thing.

Having said that, we liked it a lot. The dancing is superb (Karine Plantadit and Charlie Neshyba-Hodges especially) and the music, obviously, was great. They covered all the main Sinatra songs plus a couple we didn’t know (and, to our shame, a couple we didn’t know were Sinatra).

Our main problem with it, though was that the dancing, however awesome, was a bit discombobulated from everything else. We understood from the hype in advance that there would be no talking, but calling the show a take on people falling in love through dancing to Frank’s songs made us think of a dancy Jane Austen Book Club. But instead there was only really one relationship that we could make out – the bald waiter and his ladylove.

This wouldn’t have mattered had the dancing been more relevant to the songs in question, but again, they weren’t. So the overall effect was a bit disjointed. Personally, we could have done with it being 10 minutes shorter, too – we loved the ending, but we felt it getting a bit baggy right before.

In short – this is not our kind of show and we still liked it. Which means that if you’re into Sinatra or dance, you will love it. But if you’re looking for an alternative to Cirque or Vegas! The Show, then this is not it. It’s very different.

Although it has made us download Frank’s greatest hits on Itunes today. So that's telling you something.

[Photo: LV Sun]

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