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Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Critic at Leisure
Fiery, fabulous ‘Forever Tango’ and ‘Art Southampton’
By Arlene Epstein
Arlene Epstein

String the superlatives together and you still can’t sum up the sultry passion, intimacy, ethereal grace and exquisite perfection of “Forever Tango!” You have to be at Broadway’s Walter Kerr Theatre, where Luis Bravo’s paean to the endlessly thrilling Argentinean art form has just blissfully returned for the third time since its spectacular 1997 New York debut.

Save for the haunting emotional vocals served up by five-time Grammy Award-winning crooner Gilberto Santa Rosa — who instantly won applause just by ambling onstage — not a word is spoken in this two-hour-20-minute explosion of talent. And though Santa Rosa sings in Spanish, the fervor and joy of his emotional storytelling reached out to our audience, as captivating as the 16 world-class tango masters whose lithe bodies told wondrous tales of the magic of human connections.

Nary a smile cross’s the lips of the dancers, but longing, sensuality, playful and serious seduction and joy and exaltation transported us to a world where dedication to the perfection of teamwork is a way of life. It was such a thrilling evening one could feel a collective high come over the Walter Kerr, culminating in a cheering standing ovation from an audience who just wanted “Forever Tango” to go on forever!

Dancing by the stars
Perhaps the best news is that its just been announced that “guest stars” Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, arguably best known for their stints on “Dancing With the Stars” have extended their run in “Tango” through Aug. 11. Magnificent Ms. Smirnoff, a mirror ball champion who was ranked No. 2 in the world and Maksim — a charismatic hottie whose just added a stint in ABC’s “General Hospital” to his resume — are both renowned choreographers and dance entrepreneurs. And their every breath-catching moment onstage proved why this magical duo own the title “Superstars.”


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