3-7 May 2016
Reviewed by Debbie Douglas
The King’s Theatre is a gorgeous theatre easily accessible by bus and or taxi from Glasgow’s city centre. I am going to cut to the chase at the start of my review – if you enjoy sixties music then go and see this – it is fantastic! You don’t need to read anymore just go and get your tickets. If you are still not persuaded I will tell you a bit more.
Save the Last Dance for Me is essentially a love story. The young couple have to overcome many obstacles to be together and this is a really feel good show. From the first beat of the music the live band had the audience in the palm of their hands, singing along when they knew the words and probably also when they didn’t. There was just a seamless list of songs which everyone knew and loved. The plot is basically a young English girl (Marie) is on holiday for the first time without her parents and meets an American soldier (Curtis) stationed over here. They fall in love but as he is coloured he is worried what her parents, friends and the army will say. The show works through these problems with a fabulous sense of humour and there are some really good one-liners and of course the music! From hits such as “Sweets for my sweet” to “Please Mr Postman” and of course “Save the Last Dance for Me”.
What I like about this show is that it is exceptionally well cast. Usually there are one or two characters where you think “erm ok” but this really did not happen. Antony Costa (from the Blue boy band in another life) proves that he can really sing and dance and surprisingly act, I loved him. Lola Saunders of X-factor fame plays Marie’s sister, Jennifer, and is a fantastic singer – she could really belt them out. Jason Denton played Curtis superbly and Elizabeth Carter perfected the sweet and innocent Marie. All the cast were superb but Alan Howell who plays Carlo the ice cream man surprised everyone I think by how well he could sing- his number was really moving. The set was really pleasing on the eye and used the band superbly. They were forefront throughout and well deservedly. It was really amusing to see Marie and Jennifer’s parents playing the saxophone – watch out for them!
The show just warmed up and up and by the end the whole theatre was rocking with them – I could feel the floor shaking – it was a fabulous feeling. I really enjoyed this show and will probably try and catch it again. I don’t think any 60’s music fan would be disappointed.
Tickets cost from £17.90 to £39.90 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
Save the Last Dance for Me is at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow until 7 May 2016. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 871 7648.
King’s Theatre, 297 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4JN | 0844 871 7648