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Save The Last Dance For Me - Leeds Grand Theatre

Published by: Cameron Lowe on 10th Apr 2013 | View all blogs by Cameron Lowe
Review by Graham Clark

Save the Last Dance for MeSet in a time when “petrol was 4 bob a gallon” this splendid musical was an unexpected surprise.


From the same production team behind “Dreamboats and Petticoats”, this new light hearted musical is set in the early sixties.
 

On their first holiday without their parents, sisters Marie (Elizabeth Carter) and Jennifer (Verity Jones) decide to go to Lowestoft.  Bored with the typical British summer weather they take solace when they meet Milton (Lee Honey-Jones) a handsome young American Air Force officer who informs the sisters that Elvis is playing a show that night at his Air Force base in Lowestoft!  Of course, Elvis is not playing; it is just the local air force band.  Whilst there, Marie meets Curtis, an Afro-American with whom she strikes up a romantic relationship.

Special mention should go to Jay Perry (Rufus) who has grown a lot from his S Club Junior pop group’s days 10 years ago. He played the part of Rufus with style, authority and humour.

Although the script is full of humour, the show explains the American political undercurrent of the time and race segregation in the early sixties.

Curtis is moved to Frankfurt but, at the last minute, before he is due to leave he decides to stay in the UK and follow his heart and, of course, the show has a happy ending.

Save the Last Dance for Me

The talented cast were superb throughout; the transition from acting to singing to dancing was slick and effortlessly performed by each member.

The songs are perfectly placed in the show and the cast acapella versions of Teenager in Love and Hushabye were note perfect.

This performance was thoroughly enjoyed by all.  There were smiles and plenty of happy conversation as the audience left the theatre with that feel-good factor running through their veins!

Save the Last Dance for Me
Leeds Grand Theatre
Runs until Saturday 13 April

Tickets £16.00 -£31.50
Online Box Office

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