Young love and holiday romances are never as simple as they sound. This much is clear after viewing ‘Save the Last Dance for Me’.
Following on from the success of Dreamboats and Petticoats, this jukebox musical has hit the Liverpool Empire stage, with Blue member Antony Costa and X Factor starlet Lola Saunders in its lineup.
The light-hearted musical follows two teenage sisters through the summer of 1963 as they embark on a seaside holiday away from the watchful eyes of their parents. After being invited to a dance, the younger sister, played by rising star Elizabeth Carter, falls for black airman Curtis, played by Jason Denton, and their relationship and all its complications span the rest of the show.
With songs like Viva Las Vegas and Please Mr Postman, the show is sure to get you singing-a-long as you are taken back through the music and magic of the era – with many getting to their feet at the end of the show to show off their own moves!
London-born Antony plays ladies man Milton.
He said: ‘’It’s got fantastic music with some great rock and roll classics for the audience to enjoy.
‘’In the 60s, Liverpool was the heart of music. The Beatles were the pinnacle of that era and there are many other great artists like Gerry and the Pacemakers and Cilla Black. It’s an honour to help the audience reminisce about that era,’’ he added.
Antony Costa, who rose to fame with boy band hits such as One Love, sang the praises of the show’s director and Everton FC Chairman, Bill Kenwright.
He said: ‘’The chance to work with Bill and his team again was the main draw for me. He gave me my first break in Blood Brothers and it was a honour to get the chance to work with him again. He has had such an influence on my life.’’
Whilst stage-show newcomer Lola, who shines in her first debut role as the somewhat foolish older-sister Jennifer, said: ‘’I’ve always been a fan of theatre and love to be on the stage so when this opportunity came about with the chance to work with Bill Kenwright, how could i say no? I was really honoured and have been surrounded by such a great team.’’
When asked about making her theatrical debut, the 2014 X Factor star said: ‘’It was daunting at first. I was used to singing on stage but then when you’ve got the dancing involved, I was a bit taken aback but now it’s second nature and the cast were really helpful.
The onstage band are a credit to the show and the impressive a cappella numbers are something to be admired.
Having already visited numerous theatres across the UK, the tour is next set to visit Manchester’s Palace Theatre.
Lola, 22, added: ‘’To have the opportunity to be in different cities is amazing and the buzz is different in each venue.’’
But it’s not all work and no play for the stars.
Antony said: ‘’I’ve always been to Liverpool with the boys in the past but because of touring so much, we never got the chance to go anywhere as we were exhausted but I’m definitely going to go to the Beatles Story and the Cavern whilst we’re there.’’
‘’And definitely experience the nightlife!’’ added Lola.
Save the Last Dance for Me runs until the 11th June with tickets available from £12/£14.90 online/phone.
Go to www.atgtickets.com/liverpool for more details.
Why not make a night of it and head to one of Liverpool’s top restaurants for your pre-theatre meal? Enjoy the entertaining Sapporo Teppanyaki or the true taste of Italy at Il Forno. With a variety of national foods available across the city centre, Liverpool has a lot to offer and many are in walking distance of the Empire Theatre. So take a break and enjoy!