Packed with hits of the 60s Save the Last Dance For Me is not just another reflective vintage musical, it’s a show packed with high energy routines, iconic songs with a dynamic cast and a live band.
It’s wrapped around a believable story underpinning issues of sex and racism in the 60s, yet at the same time its laced with wonderful comedic moments.
Told through the hits of Pumus and Shuman it follows the summer holiday romance of a teenager in Lowestoft who meets an American GI stationed there and falls madly in love.
There’s an outstanding performance from Wayne Robinson as GI Curtis who excels in the vocals alongside Elizabeth Carter, the perfect sugary sweet Marie. Together they are a dream team. Antony Costa’s Milton is so believable with Lola Sauder’s Jennifer bringing girlie comedy into the equation.
Teamwork is the essence of the success of this musical and also the multi-talented ensemble who sing, dance and play around 30 numbers including show stopping a cappella versions of Sweet for My Sweet and Hushabye.
Save The Last Dance for Me has an enormous feel good factor, its also one where the audience know the words of the songs as well as the actors and can’t resist the temptation to dance in the aisles.
To June 18, Leeds Grand Theatre.
By Liz Coggins