Save The Last Dance For Me, Bournemouth Pavilion

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IT’S the summer of ’63 and two teenage sisters are going on their annual holidays without their parents for the first time.

They are staying in Lowestoft in a caravan – cue Rhythm Of The Rain – but nearby is a United States Air Force base, full of keen young Americans, eager to invite English girls to their dances.

Marie – 17 years old and still at school – meets charismatic American Curtis and falls in love but Curtis is Black and “Back home, I could get strung up for going with a white girl!”

The authentic live band charts the couple’s relationship, from the blossoming Dance With Me, Don’t Treat Me Like A Child and Teenager In Love to the wistful Here I Go Again, Can’t Get Used To Losing You and Please Mister Postman.

Vocal harmonies are superb, particularly the a cappella Sweets For My Sweet, Hushabye, and the almost orchestral Save The Last Dance For Me.

Will Curtis get posted to Germany? Will Marie never see him again?

Runs until Saturday.

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