Review: Save the Last Dance For Me, Futurist, Scarborough

Save the Last Dance for Me at the Futurist
Save the Last Dance for Me at the Futurist

Finger-clicking, foot-tapping, sing-along fabulous night out is the verdict on the jukebox musical.

It is from the same creators as Dreamboats and Petticoats which filled the Futurist last year.

Produced by Bill Kenwright and written by Birds of a Feather duo Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, it has the same feel-good factor as its stable mate.

Set in Lowestoft, the flimsy plot is built round a mix-raced holiday romance/relationship between a Luton teenager Marie and Curtis, a US airman based in Britain, and the tensions that causes between friends and family.

But let’s not dwell on it – because To Sir With Love this is not. There are trademark one-liners from the comedy writers which keeps the script from becoming maudline.

The atmosphere of post-war Britain on the verge of swinging era is perfectly captured.

But, really, the plot is merely a framwork round which the hits of Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman are hung and they keep coming.

They include Sweets for my Sweet, Why Must I Be A Teenager in Love, Then He Kissed Me, Be My Baby, Hushabye, Suspicion, Little Sister, Surrender, His Latest Flame, Viva Las Vegas and, of course, Save The Last Dance For Me.

There is not a bad performance here, every cast members sing, dance and play their hearts out. Their exuberance, energy and sheer joy at performing could keep the seafront lit up for years.

The audience is positively encouraged to be up jiving and singing – and first-nighters needed no more invitation. Perhaps, Save the Last Dance is moodier and bluesier then Dreamboats but it entertains to the max and leaves the audience shouting for more.

It is on until Saturday September 28, daily at 7.30pm and Saturday at 2.30pm.