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Bill Kenwright production of'SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME'by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran'directed by Bill Kenwright and Keith Strachan
Bill Kenwright production of'SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME'by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran'directed by Bill Kenwright and Keith Strachan
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Save The Last Dance For Me, Lyceum

CRITICS tend to get sniffy about shows like these... take a string of pop hits old enough for the audience to soak in a warm bath of nostalgia, and you’ve got yourself a musical.

And if you’ve got a theme, so much the better: songs by Abba, Queen, Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman . . . I know, I’d never heard of them either. But I knew their songs.

Hits such as Suspicion, Here I Go Again, A Teenager in Love. Sweets For My Sweet, Can’t Get Used To Losing You and the title song, spilled from their pens in that pre-Beatles period from the late ‘50s to the early ‘60s.

And what great songs they are. An evening here is like watching Brian Mathews’ Sounds Of The Sixties live on stage, so this is one critic who won’t get sniffy.

The songs are the heart of this musical by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, writers of TV’s Birds Of A Feather, Goodnight Sweetheart and Shine On Harvey Moon, as well as the musical Dreamboats And Petticoats.

The plot is skimpy – two Luton girls go on a caravan holiday to Lowestoft in the early ‘60s and meet some Yanks – but that doesn’t matter. The songs come non-stop.

The singing is excellent: by Megan Jones and Jason Denton, as lovers Marie and Curtis, as well as AJ Dean, Hannah Frederick and Tosh Wanogho-Maud and some fine falsetto from Graham Weaver.

As an extra treat the whole company perform three a capello numbers. Great fun.

On until Saturday with matinees Thursday and Saturday.

Martin Dawes