THE fun, flare and innocence of the swinging sixties were brought back to life in Stoke.
Save The Last Dance For Me, at Stoke Regent Theatre until tomorrow, is a classic romance with some catchy songs thrown in to give it that feel-good sixties vibe.
The story, set in 1963, follows teenage sisters Jennifer and Catherine who go on holiday to Lowestoft for the first time without their parents.
While there they meet a handsome young American who invites them to a dance at the local US Air Force base.
Young Marie falls for the charms of Curtis and starts a summer romance with the dashing soldier. However, the path of young love does not run smoothly and they realise they will have to fight to stay together.
Sister Jennifer falls for ice cream seller Carlo but the main love story revolves around Marie and Curtis.
The show is a typical love story – boy meets girl, falls in love, fall out over a series of misunderstandings and get back together again at the end – there is no escaping that.
But then again I think the audience would be disappointed if the play did not have a happy ending.
The play itself was beautifully performed with Kieran McGinn and Elizabeth Carter giving a heart-wrenching performance as Curtis and Marie.
The songs, including classics such as A Teenager in Love, Sweets for my Sweet and Save the Last Dance For Me, were sang beautifully and it was nice to see the hits performed live.
Although I have to admit this is not my favourite show, there is still no faulting it for its energy and performance.
For fans of Dreamboats and Petticoats, this is certainly a play not to miss.