Last Friday night, we were privileged to be invited guests to see Anton & Erin perform in their new show, Let’s Do It. This is their 3rd touring stage show, and having been to see the previous two, can definitely say this is the best yet! It has a wonderful mix of entertainment, with sensational music from the London Concert Orchestra, wonderful singing from Lance Ellington (he sings on Strictly) and of course plenty of dancing from Anton & Erin – supported by some rather flexible and enthusiastic stage dancers!
We love big band music, and the show is full of it – to be honest I could have happily just closed my eyes and listened to the wonderful sounds all evening! Hopefully the audience around me wasn’t too put off by the fact that I was almost dancing to every note – which was difficult considering my knees where close to my chest and I seemed to have grown two extra arms!
I must just break off from talking about the show, to mention a little bit about my Basingstoke experience. To start with, the town planners were obviously from the local area as it seems no real thought was put in to placing suitable signage in and around the town. Perhaps they just don’t want visitors? Eventually, we did find the car park for the Anvil Theatre; however we then seemed to lose the theatre. It seems as though a shopping centre has been built around The Anvil, and once we exited the lift on the ground floor all we found were shops. No signs – nothing. Kelly thought it best if we followed a couple that looked as though they were dressed up for the evening, a sure sign of theatre go-ers, but unfortunately it turned out they were just off to Sainsbury’s. After a swift turnaround, we tried the opposite direction and found a group of pensioners ambling along towards an ambient glow in the distance – this of course must be the right direction as Anton groupies are very easy to spot. Anyway, we eventually made it to our seats, albeit built for very small people, and settled down to see the show. Leaving was just as difficult, but I won’t bore you with any more details. Needless to say, next time I’ll remember a handy A-Z or get Google Maps working a little better on my phone!
Back to the show! Erin dazzled us with a vast array of dresses, and happened to mention that she got through over 500 dresses on the entire tour. 500! Anton of course boasted that he needed only one suit – made especially for the last series of SCD. It hadn’t got a lot of wear on the show, (a point Anton humourously pointed out!) so it was in perfect condition for the tour!. Having known Anton & Erin for such a long time, and seen them dance on many numerous occasions, the dancing aspect of the show was entertaining, but not the highlight. No, the best bits were when they swapped the dance shoes, for microphones and began to sing! I never knew they had it in them but they really have found their voices, and those sketches really do make the show a true variety performance.
Once the show was over, we had the chance to meet with them backstage and spent the best part of an hour and half catching up. It’s great to see such good friends doing so very well, but it does mean that any time with them is extremely short and 6 months of chat has to be condensed into a little over an hour. Anton informed me that talks are already underway for a 4th tour next year and we plan to organise a Dizzyfeet Dancing outing to see them, when they visit Portsmouth. So maybe next time you’ll be able to join with us in enjoying the all singing, all dancing spectacle that is Anton & Erin!
And finally…. Well done to Judith Edwards who won our Anton & Erin competition! Two very fancy signed pictures are on their way to you!
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