New rock ‘n’ roll musical SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME is set to appear at the Theatre Royal Bath from Monday 11th November to Saturday 16th November as part of a nationwide UK tour. From the writers, producers and creators of the hugely successful West End musical Dreamboats and Petticoats (which played Bath in 2010), Save the Last Dance for Me takes audiences on a trip down memory lane featuring the music of the early 1960s, a time when each passing week brought another classic Rock ‘n’ Roll hit.
Save the Last Dance for Me is written by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, the multi-award-winning team behind the much-loved television series Birds of a Feather, Goodnight Sweetheart, the BAFTA and Emmy award-winning The New Statesman, Roll Over Beethoven and Shine on Harvey Moon. The soundtrack comprises the many hit records penned by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman – both inductees of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The host of memorable tracks by the celebrated song-writing duo featured in the show include A Teenager in Love, Sweets for my Sweet, His Latest Flame, Turn Me Loose, Viva Las Vegas, Here I Go Again, Little Sister, Suspicion, Can’t Get Used to Losing You, and Save the Last Dance For Me.
With a sixteen-strong cast of actors, singers and musicians authentically recreating the sound of Rock ‘n’ Roll, this nostalgic, feel-good performance transports music fans back to a golden era as the story of two teenage sisters is told against a back-drop of the summer of 1963.
When Marie and Jennifer embark on a holiday to the seaside they are thrilled to be away without their parents for the first time. Enjoying their freedom and full of high spirits they soon meet Curtis, a handsome young American, who invites them to a dance at the local U.S. Air Force base. But young love and holiday romance is never as simple as it sounds, and the sisters soon realise that while the world around them is still watching itself in black and white, life and love can be much more colourful.
The role of Marie is played by Elizabeth Carter, who appeared in the lead role of Laura in the hit musical Dreamboats and Petticoats for the 2012 UK tour. Verity Jones, who plays Jennifer, has recently performed in Alan Ayckbourn’s Relatively Speaking directed by Lindsay Posner on UK tour; Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion in the West End; and appeared as the White Queen in the UK tour of Chess, directed by Craig Revel Horwood. The role of Curtis is played by Kieran McGinn, who recently performed in Studio 54 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Jay Perry, who plays the role of Rufus, was a member of the chart-topping pop group S Club Juniors for 4 years, touring the UK and Europe. His theatre credits include the musicals Whistle Down the Wind and West Side Story. Lee Honey-Jones appears as Milton. His theatre credits include Fame; the UK tour of Carousel; Mamma Mia! in the West End; he was also an original cast member for the UK tour of High School Musical, and appeared in Thoroughly Modern Millie at the Watermill Theatre. The cast is completed by Alan Howell, Hannah Nicholas, Joe McCourt, Dan Graham, Olive Robinson, Patrick Burbridge, Michael Kantola, Sheldon Green, Alistair Hoyle, Lauren Storer and Kieran Kuypers.
SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME appears at the Theatre Royal Bath from Monday 11th November to Saturday 16th November. To book tickets contact the Box Office on 01225 448844 or visit www.theatreroyal.org.uk
Performances: Evenings: Monday- Wednesday at 7.30pm, Thursday- Saturday at 8pm
Matinees: Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm
Tickets: £18.50 to £34.50 with concessions available