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Strictly glamour; Anton and Erin bring their Hollywood show to Scotland.


As the dark days of January beckon, Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag are heading to Scotland to shed some light with a little razzamatazz.

The Strictly Come Dancing duo, dubbed the king and queen of the ballroom, are taking to the road for an extensive nationwide tour in 2013.

Anton and Erin Go To Hollywood will see the dancers pay tribute to the golden years of film musicals and, in the wake of another spectacular series of Strictly, won by Olympic gymnast Louis Smith, they hope to be able to share a little of the spirit of the show.

Anton, 46, who partnered Jerry Hall this year, said: "We didn't know how it was going to go at the beginning but I can't say it was a surprise because we do it, we love it and we think it's marvellous, so why wouldn't everybody else think it's marvellous? "But we're thrilled with the longevity of it, so excited it's going from strength to strength, bringing in new audiences. People say to me things like, 'I only started watching it three years ago and I really love it'.

"That's just marvellous. It is such a great show. There is nothing about it that is unpleasant, nobody is being beastly about anybody else. It's non-confrontational. I think that's what we need more of, personally, but who am I to say?" Anton and Erin Go To Hollywood is a collection of show tunes, snazzy choreography and sparkling costumes to conjure up all the glamour of classic Hollywood.

They will be joined by singer Lance Ellington, guest dancers and a 25-piece orchestra conducted by Richard Balcombe. The programme will include Everything's Coming Up Roses from Gypsy, Ah Yes, I Remember It Well from Gigi, Almost Like Being in Love from Brigadoon and Steppin' Out With My Baby from Easter Parade.

The hardest part of putting together the show was judging what to leave out and what to put in.

Anton added: "It is Erin and I doing what we do, really, but it is iconic songs and music from Hollywood movies and there will be top hats and tails and cane work. It's everything we like. We are looking forward to it.

"You have so many great songs to choose from, it is difficult to know what to leave out.

"If you think of a number like There's No Business Like Showbusiness, which is a great Hollywood song and one where you know exactly what I am talking about instantly, whether you are a fan of it or not, it is really difficult to dance to. We have it in the show but as an overture because it is such a great build-up and beginning. When listening to a song, you have to bear in mind the tempo if you are going to choreograph it."

For Anton, it is a labour of love. Watching those musicals fed his love of dance and of a different era.

He said: "When I was a kid, they always had those movies on the telly, especially at this time of year. I just remember it all being so stylish and everybody being so nice and polite. You would meet a girl in a movie and sort of chase her for a bit then ask her to marry you. It was quick. You danced with her, sang her a song and that was it. It's so romantic. What's not to love?" Anton and Erin have an established fan base and the tour is extensive, which is just the way they like it. A huge part of their popularity is, of course, via their appearances on Strictly. Anton, like Erin, has been in the show from the very beginning and hopes to remain with it for as long as possible.

He said: "We never give a thought to whether each year is the end. We will continue to do it for as long as they keep asking us. It is such a popular show. I think it's important that the people who make TV shows make it for the people who are watching.

"The great thing about the tour is Erin and I get to do what we love to do. What makes it easy for us is we tour to a lot of places but we get a great crowd every time. It never feels like work, it never feels like a schlep.

"When we first started to tour we did Glasgow, then we came back and we did Edinburgh as well, now we are adding Dundee and next year, I hope we will be adding another venue. The audiences are just great."

Professional partners for over 17 years, there is little danger of them seeking pastures new.

Anton said: "We've been together for ever. Erin is a great girl. It's no hardship to appear with her and as long as I keep one important point in mind at all times - and that is that Erin is always right - then there is no problem."

Anton and Erin Go To Hollywood is at Dundee Caird Hall (01382 434 940) on January 15, Edinburgh Usher Hall (0131 228 1155) January 16 and Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (0141 353 8000) on January 17.


ON THE ROAD... Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag are touring with their dance show
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Dec 30, 2012
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