Young love and a holiday romance in the summer of '63
THE words 'do you want to come to the Embassy' had barely left my mouth before my mum snapped my hand off. She'd seen the previews and knew Monday was opening night for Save The Last Dance For Me!
Following the success of Dreamboats and Petticoats last year which we both very much enjoyed, this latest show by the same team was highly anticipated and didn't disappoint.
It was nice to see the Embassy Theatre so full for the opening night and the audience were in for a real treat.
Set in the summer of 1963, sisters Marie (Elizabeth Carter) and Jennifer (Verity Jones) from Luton, were enjoying their first holiday away from their parents at the seaside. Usually set in Lowestoft, this week's performance has of course been tailored to feature Skegness!
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The pair meet a handsome young American who invites them to a dance at the local US Air force base but young love and holiday romance is never as simple as it sounds and they soon realise that while the world around them is still watching itself in black and white, life and love can be much more colourful.
17-year-old Marie falls in love with airman Curtis (Kieran McGinn) and both put in outstanding vocal performances.
The show began with an invitation to the audience to sing along and the cast played up to those watching, particularly in the most familiar numbers.
For many, the 60s dance routines and vibrant fashions transported them back to their own youth when dances were a regular event.
The carefully selected song list worked really well and many of the numbers were well-known.
For me, the highlights of the musical numbers included Little Sister, the acapella Sweets For My Sweet and Lonely Avenue, and of course the final medley of dance numbers which got many of the audience on their feet.
Other mentions must go to Jennifer's love interest - the Italian ice-cream vendor from Wolverhampton, Carlo, played by Joe McCourt and the sisters' parents Mildred (Lauren Storer) and Cyril (Kieran Kuypers) who added touches of humour throughout the performance.
And finally of course, the show wouldn't have been the same without the fantastic dance band who took centre stage throughout.
All-in-all, Save The Last Dance For Me is definitely worth a watch this week. For those who grew up in the 60s there is no doubt they'll have a fantastic evening reminiscing about the decade but for anyone that loves a good musical, this was certainly first class.
Save The Last Dance For Me runs at the Embassy Theatre, Skegness until Saturday. Tickets are available from the box office on 0845 674 0505 or www.embassytheatre.co.uk