Gallery/review: Save The Last Dance For Me, Ipswich Regent Theatre, to September 21

The creators behind the critically acclaimed jukebox musical Dreamboats and Petticoats newest releas

The creators behind the critically acclaimed jukebox musical Dreamboats and Petticoats newest release delivers something of the same flavour. Picture: Idil Sukan-Draw - Credit: Archant

From comedy writers Lawrence Marks and Maurice Gran, of Birds of a Feather, Shine on Harvey Moon, Goodnight Sweetheart fame; comes a nostalgic musical combining the sounds of the 1960s with an enthusiastic young cast.

It seems the creators behind the critically acclaimed jukebox musical Dreamboats and Petticoats have tapped into a niche in the market for a retro 1960s score and their newest release delivers something of the same flavour.

Save The Last Dance For Me is a joyful celebration of the rock and roll hits by Doc Martin and Mort Shuman; featuring the hit made popular by Ben E King and The Drifters as its title.

A jumpy opening reveals the plotline of two sisters embarking on their first holiday away from their parents – on a caravanning trip to Lowestoft. A romance quickly develops between the youngest sister, Marie, and black US airforce engineer Curtis.

There are a few dodgy accents, but the humour cleverly centres on the American versus English pronunciations with “Lowiestoft” and several one-liners getting loud laughs from the audience.

Most importantly the talented cast sing the songs with the pop that made them popular; with a harmonic a cappella of Sweets For My Sweet and a stand-out performance by former S Club Junior Jay Perry (Rufus).

The jiving at times is a bit limp however the choreography ensures there is a lot of swirling of petticoats.

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All in all Save The Last Dance For Me is a feel-good musical that will have you singing on the way home. Check out the picture gallery above.

CATHERINE WATTS

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