18-23 January 2016
Reviewed by Rebecca Banasko
Visiting the Empire Theatre in Liverpool to watch Last Night a DJ Saved My Life was so easy. I went with a friend who drove and we parked in Queens Square multi-story car park which also offers a parking discount if you show your theatre stub afterwards. We were also tempted to get the train to Lime Street as the station is literally next door to the theatre and so it is so easy to access. The staff within the theatre were so helpful once we got there, making sure we got to where we needed to go and helping with any queries.
Before the show started we were greeted by our resident DJ who set the scene for the crowd; basically go with it. Have fun. Use your phone cameras, dance, sing and join in. Even giving us a way to interact with the show through the power of multimedia. This was a great way to start and left us wondering what was to come.
The story was about a young girl struggling with the recent divorce of her parents and seeking a bit of solace on the holiday island of Ibiza with her estranged father. At a time when there when a lot of changes were happening not only in her life but on the music scene and the club scene. Along the way is love, jealousy, a rather entertaining barman and lots of fantastic party hits to get you dancing in your seats.
Of course the one big draw to the show is The Hoff (David Hasselhoff) himself, who did not disappoint, the crowd loved him and he was equally playful with them. The use of the video backdrop with cheeky scenes from The Hoff’s previous roles and achievements, as well as the glimpse of the band behind the screens added a whole other dimension to the show. He was surrounded by a great cast, some wonderful characters and dancers that exuded a brilliant energy and it was obvious that they were having just as much fun making the show as we were watching it.
I’ve been to the theatre many times but this was more like going on a night out. The audience were relaxed and getting involved with the story and I defy anyone, no matter your age not to be up and dancing by the end of the show. The hits did not disappoint, hit after hit spanning various decades, meaning that there was something there for everyone. It certainly hit a chord with myself and my friend (and we’re in our mid to ahem late 30’s). We sang along to all our old favourites and many we hadn’t heard in years brought back a lot of great memories of nights out for us.
If you want to have fun and you love dance music this is the show for you. I’d recommend this show to everyone, we left on such a high and I’m still smiling the next day. Now I might just go and dig out all my old dance albums and recreate some of that positive energy.
Tickets cost from £10 to £46.40 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
Last Night a DJ Saved My Life is at the Liverpool Empire Theatre until 23 January 2016. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 8713017.
Liverpool Empire Theatre, Lime Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 1JE | 0844 8713017