Save The Last Dance for Me
Taken from Whatsonstage Reviewer (Dave Cunningham)
Antony Costa is appearing in Save the Last Dance for Me which is the theatrical equivalent of comfort food. It is not aimed at theatregoers seeking innovation and novelty but rather those tired after a long day and in need of some unchallenging entertainment to relax.
Antony Costa (who plays Milton) performs a fantastic rendition of TELL HER.
This approach certainly worked on the opening night with the audience clapping along as the overture is played. But then it is easy to get involved with the music as the songs are drawn from the back catalogue of legendary song writing partnership of Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman and there isn’t a dull number to be found.
In the early 1960s sisters Marie (Elizabeth Carter) and Jennifer (Lola Saunders) are lucky to escape their parents even if it is only on a seaside caravan holiday. A nearby US army base offers surprising dance band entertainment and Marie falls for Curtis (Kieran McGinn) a black soldier who, influenced by the atmosphere of his hometown, is reluctant to commit a to a mixed race romance.
The cast are full of enthusiasm. They play all of the songs live on stage offering fine and occasionally cheeky versions of the classics.
The first half of the show features the dances while the second, less restrained, half allows the cast to belt out the songs. Vocally the cast are very impressive. Elizabeth Carter has the audience in the palm of her hand milking “Teenager in Love” for all it is worth but seems happier cutting loose with a marvellous version of “Please Mr Postman”.
Save the Last Dance for Me is satisfying if undemanding entertainment raised above average by the enthusiastic performances of the cast.