I love it when September rolls around because I know that Strictly Come Dancing will soon be back on my telly screen and that my Saturday nights will be filled with glamour, spray tans and sequins galore.
Professional dancers Anton du Beke and Erin Boag have appeared in every series of SCD to date, partnering celebs with variable degrees of dancing prowess. Neither Anton nor Erin has yet won the coveted glitterball trophy but they remain a popular couple with the viewing public. So popular in fact that they have sufficient clout to fill theatres across the land when they head out on tour every January and February.
The 2012 tour is entitled Let’s Do It and is heavily influenced by classic Hollywood and Broadway musicals. Anton and Erin are joined on stage by a full orchestra (the fantastic Scottish Concert Orchestra for the Glasgow shows) under the direction of conductor Richard Balcombe. Lance Ellington—perhaps best known as one of the singers in the SCD live band—provides honeyed vocals to such classics as Feelin’ Good, Don’t Get Around Much Anymore and Too Darn Hot (I confess that I have a bit of a crush on Lance…)
Anton and Erin quickstep, waltz, tango and foxtrot their way through the programme, ably supported by dancers Ben Campbell, Francine Cornell, Gemma Facinelli and Tom Goodall. I particularly enjoyed Erin and the boys doing a charleston to Paolo Nutini’s Pencil Full of Lead and the final ensemble dance to It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got that Swing). To give the dancers a break, the orchestra performed a show-stopping arrangement of Downtown, while Lance had all of the ladies hyperventilating with What Kind Of Fool Am I, from 1961 musical Stop The World—I Want To Get Off.
As well as dancing, Anton and Erin also treat the audience to a Q&A session and a tongue-in-cheek version of Cole Porter’s Let’s Do It!, in which the original lyrics have been replaced with an ode to SCD.
Erin’s dresses are, of course, one of the highlights of the show, each costume change eliciting oohs and aahs from the crowd. And, as the UK’s premier tie-wearer, Anton doesn’t look too shabby in his suits either.
I’ve seen Anton and Erin on tour three times now (always booking early for front-row seats!) and the show just gets better every year. It really is a lovely way to spend an evening in the middle of winter. Afterall, everyone needs some sequins and sparkle in their life at this time of year.
The tour continues nationwide until Sunday 18th March.