Hold on to your hats – Blackpool’s biggest ever season of musicals kicks off tonight.
Bill Kenwight’s Save The Last Dance For Me starts a week-long run at the Opera House, the first of seven major musicals coming to the resort this year.
Ticket sales have been brisk and with other top-notch shows like Joseph and Scrooge to come, it’s no wonder Winter Gardens boss Michael Williams excited about the next few months.
“We have a terrific year ahead of us,” said Williams.
“We’ve got a lot of big shows coming up and I think a lot of our current success in terms of the bookings we’ve getting stems from when we had the Royal Variety Show in 2009.
“Lots of promoters, artists and agents came to that, enjoyed the show, saw what we could offer at this venue – and we are now reaping the benefits.
“We know Blackpool is one of the first places promoters look at. Things are getting better every day in terms of the artists and shows we are getting and that is testament to the hard work our team here is putting in.”
Soul Sister, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Cabaret, Blood Brothers and Scrooge the Musical all arrive at the Opera House before the year’s out, while the Grand Theatre is in on the act too, staging Kenwright’s Dreamcoats and Petticoats.
First up though is Save The Last Dance For Me. Written by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran (Goodnight Sweetheart, Birds of a Feather), it features the music of Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman who wrote the likes of A Teenager in Love, Sweets for my Sweet, Viva Las Vegas and Can’t Get Used to Losing You – all of which are featured in the show.
A nostalgic, feel-good journey, the show tells the tale of two teenage sisters during the summer of ‘63 and transports the audience back to music’s golden era.
The show runs until Saturday (matinees Wednesday and Saturday). Tickets start at £19.50 are available at www.wintergardensblackpool.co.uk or 01253 625252.