Review: Save The Last Dance For Me at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Save The Last Dance For Me
Save The Last Dance For Me
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Stepping back in time, Save The Last Dance For Me is a toe-tapping, entertaining and lively depiction of Britain in the 1960s.

Set in Lowestoft in Suffolk, it tells the story of two sisters who take a holiday in the town and find themselves acquainted with a group ofAmericans from the Royal Air Force.

The storyline covers all aspects of life in the ’60s, from dancing to the old-fashioned British holiday in a caravan, to issues with racism.

Black American Curtis falls in love with the white teenager Marie from Luton, and their love story is shown through a series of popular songs including Viva Las Vegas, Teenager in Love, Please Mr Postman, Be My Baby and of course, the finale song, Save The Last Dance For Me.

The music is all written by famous songwriting duo Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, who first collaborated in 1955.

The cast all have superb voices and two of the songs are performed in an old-fashioned barber shop style which echoed out strongly across Southampton’s grand Mayflower Theatre.

Save The Last Dance For Me is a light-hearted, fun production and for anyone who grew up in the 1960s it will be like a real trip down memory lane.

Until Saturday.