Anything billed as a 'jukebox musical' treads a fine line between triumph and disaster. The outstanding success of Bill Kenwright's 'Dreamboats and Petticoats', produced, rather crassly, off the back of a hit compilation CD, suggests that he and his team are skilled at getting the balance right.
After 'Dreamboats' comes Save the Last Dance for me, a tour through the 'music and magic' of the pop and rock'n'roll of the early sixties. Elements of the plot are not unfamiliar as we follow two sisters, Jennifer and Marie, through the summer of 1963 and their family summer holiday to the seaside. The pair encounters a beguiling American airman who invites the sisters to dance at a nearby USAF air base.
A handy vehicle to air the hits of the day, Save the Last Dance for Me is about summer holiday romance, ice cream, innocent early sixties fun, dreamboats, petticoats. It all sounds pretty cheesy but the magic additional ingredient that will lift Save the Last Dance for Me above the ordinary is the Bill Kenwright factor. Along with the writers, producers and directors of 'Dreamboats and Petticoats', Kenwright's midas touch will no doubt prove to be a sprinkle of magic.
Thanks to the 'Dreamboats' team, Save the Last Dance for Me will deliver exactly what it says it will; dancing, romance and wistful reminisces about the rock'n'roll summer before the Kennedy assassination and the death of innocence.
Save the Last Dance for Me is touring throughout early 2012, including a series of dates at each of Bromley, Aylesbury, Woking and Milton Keynes. There are a minimum of five dates at each venue, including some matinée performances.
We have tickets available now, priced from £27.50 to £37.50, for the best seats.