Saturday, October 28, 2006
*** (out of ****)
Of Fred Astaire, Bob Thaves once said, "Sure he was great, but don't forget Ginger Rogers did everything he did backwards . . . and in high heels!"
I was reminded of that line Tuesday evening on board Royal Caribbean's Jewel of the Seas when marveling at the fancy footwook included in Mario and Daniel's Tango Buenos Aires, which starred "Walter and Marcela." Sure Walter was great, but Marcela did everything he did backwards, in high heels, and with the ship rocking to and fro.
Conceived by Argentinian brothers Mario and Daniel Celario (stars of Telemundo's "¡Viva Vegas!"), Tango Buenos Aires enjoyed its official opening Tuesday. The Celario's creation provides cruise audiences with a deliciously seductive and sensuous dance confection. And thrilling, too, especially as the dancers move their bodies with passion and legs as if shooting daggers with expert precision.
The accompanying music included apparently requisite numbers from Evita meant to evoke spirit of Buenos Aires, beginning with "On This Night Of A Thousand Stars" and concluding with a slightly hackneyed bilingual version of "Don't Cry For Me Argentina." But, along with several familiar tango staples was a wonderful rendition of The Pajama Game's "Hernando's Hideaway" that was danced, not sung.
An hour-long show, the gorgeous Tango Buenos Aires provided a breathtaking experience. If you're on board the Jewel of the Seas anytime soon, make sure that if you only take in one night of entertainment during your sailing, make this the show to see.
This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).
Click here for more information on Royal Caribbean's Jewel of the Seas.
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