REVIEW: Save the Last Dance For Me, Pavilion Theatre, Worthing

IT had been a day of glorious sunshine amid weeks of pouring rain and even as we stepped into the Pavilion Theatre on Monday night (April 30), the familiar feel of wetness was dropping from the sky again.

But inside the Worthing theatre, the sunshine feel continued, thanks to Save the Last Dance For Me, the new musical from the Dreamboats and Petticoats team.

Featuring the hits of Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, it was filled with one rock and roll tune after another, interspersed with a gentle storyline to link them in.

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It was a real crowd pleaser, with the Pavilion packed to the rafters and many on their feet at the end to applaud this feel-good musical.

There were a few niggles. It took a while for the dialogue to warm up, though the music was fabulous and the dancing equally high standard. The story is based around two sisters and I particularly liked the fact the eldest was included in the trio dancing each time the youngest sang.

The main set was a fantastic club room at an American base near Lowestoft. Unfortunately, it was so fantastic that it clearly could not be moved – meaning the rest of the scenes had only a curtain backdrop, decorated with a couple of record players and records.

Mind you, that did clearly indicate what the show was all about – the music.

By Elaine Hammond