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Theater Review: 'Forever Tango' -- 2 stars

Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff perform at the

Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff perform at the "Forever Tango" Credit: Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff perform at the "Forever Tango"

Forever Tango
2 stars

Maybe it’s called “Forever Tango” because, unless you don’t mind watching tango routine after tango routine after tango routine for two-plus hours without any kind of narrative, it seems to last forever.

Luis Bravo’s glitzy, rather simple and straightforward dance spectacle first played Broadway in 1997, returned in 2004 and is back again, most likely to cash in on the popularity of dance-themed reality TV shows.

The cast is made up of roughly a dozen Argentine dancers plus “Dancing with the Stars” twosome Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who previously appeared on Broadway in “Burn the Floor.”

They are joined by singer Gilberto Santa Rosa, who is appearing through July 28. He will then be replaced by Luis Enrique.

The athletic, chic-looking dancers move elegantly and have sex appeal to spare. The accordion-heavy band is also quite elegant. But devoid of plot, character or variation, their leg-locking and thrusting routines get old after 10 minutes.

Although the show is meant to track the evolution of the tango form, it’s hard to notice. The only real break in monotony comes from the occasional random Spanish song or orchestral suite.

In my review of the 2004 revival, also written for amNewYork, I wrote that “if Broadway were a cruise ship, ‘Forever Tango’ would be ideal entertainment.” Ironically, even cruise ships have since moved on and are now doing full-scale Broadway musicals instead.


“Forever Tango” plays at the Walter Kerr Theatre through Sept. 15, 219 W. 48th St., 212-239-6200, telecharge.com.
 

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