Share |

Last Night a DJ Saved My Life

Published by: Kirstie Niland on 22nd Oct 2015 | View all blogs by Kirstie Niland

Blackpool Opera House until Sunday 1st November

I guessed that the world premiere of Last Night a DJ Saved My Life, starring the legendary David Hasselhoff, was going to be a lot of fun - and it was even better than expected.

This show has the feel good factor by the bucket load – a simple story with a moral message, packed with 90s (and the odd 80s) hits and populated with stereotypical party people of the day.

 

It’s written and directed by Jon Conway, who along with Shane Ritchie, created the jukebox musical concept with 70s show Boogie Nights. So this story told via the hits of the day was bound to be a recipe for success. Especially for those of us who remember when dungarees, Hammer pants and sparkly Union Jack dresses were the dress code to Spice Up your Life. (Floppy hats off to costume designer and production photographer, former glamour model Linda Lusardi).

Add to the mix high energy dance routines, plenty of neon, and retro sound and light effects and you are catapulted on to the party isle of Ibiza with Penny (Stephanie Webber), as she arrives to spend the summer with her Dad, a DJ and night club owner played by The Hoff. There she learns about the dangers of drugs and falls in love with holiday rep and aspiring DJ, Rik (Shane Ritchie JNR). Meanwhile her dad learns, well, how to be a Dad.

Even though the plot includes blackmail, drug dealing and the aftermath of divorce, the overall feel is light-hearted, with the journey through first love, making mistakes and doing the right thing incorporating plenty of cheesy moments to make you smile.

The Hoff is of course the main attraction, and manages to effectively combine comedy, schmaltz and straight acting. Such is his cult status he could carry almost anything off no matter what vocal range is required but his powerful rendition of Barry Manilow’s Even Now is lovely, and he pays an entertaining homage to his Baywatch days with true superstar style.

The Voice contestant Stephanie Webber demonstrates why Will.I.Am. was so impressed with her singing, and Kim Tiddy of Hollyoaks as the Hoff’s girlfriend Mandy is a similarly strong vocalist. Both are excellently cast in their roles, as is Barry Bloxham as the villain of the piece, Ebenezer.

However it’s Shane Ritchie JNR who injects the most warmth into his character as likeable lad Rik, showing all the signs of following in his Dad’s footsteps to become a well-loved household name. Having previously stepped into his shoes to play Roddy in Boogie Nights, Shane Ritchie JNR proves he has become a major talent in his own right and has us cheering when he finally wins approval from Penny’s Dad and the coveted DJ spot at Club Nirvana.

 

His family were out in force to support him, including parents, Shane Ritchie and Coleen Nolan, and brother Jake Roche of Rixton fame. He certainly did them all proud.

PR Sarah Rhodes promised us the party night of the year and Last Night a DJ Saved My Life delivered, right up until the fun-packed finale. I won’t spoil the surprise but the audience loved it.

Judging by the applause, in the words of the classic 90s Yazz favourite - the only way is up!

Photographs courtesy of Linda Lusardi

Last Night a DJ Saved My Life runs until Sunday 1st November, Tuesday to Sunday evenings at 7.30pm, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2.30pm.

Adults - £39.50, £35.00, £30.00, £20.00

Concessions - £35.00, £30.00, £25.00

Show and Dine Package - £24.50

Groups 10+ - £35.00, £30.00

Groups 20+ - £30.00, £25.00

 

Tickets are available from www.wintergardensblackpool.co.uk

Comments

1 Comment

  • GRAHAM CLARK
    by GRAHAM CLARK 2 years ago
    I saw the show last night in Blackpool. It's a great night out. Invent estivate see the show again next year
Please login or sign up to post on this network.
Click here to sign up now.