Written by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, the writers behind TV classics ‘Goodnight Sweetheart’, ‘Birds of a Feather’, ‘The New Statesmen’ and ‘Shine On Harvey Moon’, the show features classic tracks from Roy Orbison, The Shadows, Eddie Cochran, Billy Fury, and many more. Dreamboats and Petticoats The Musical is produced by Bill Kenwright and Laurie Mansfield in association with Universal Music. Tickets are now on sale.
Set in 1961, emotions are running high as young musicians Norman and Bobby compete to win a national song writing competition – and, more importantly, the attention of the gorgeous Sue! But when Bobby discovers that shy Laura is no slouch on the piano, love and rock‘n’roll fame beckons.
The dazzling success of the first five albums in the Dreamboats and Petticoats series sent the message loud and clear. With over 4 million copies sold and several weeks at the Number One spot in the compilation charts, the Great British public were saying that they didn’t just want to listen to pure nostalgia: they’d love to see it as well.
Inspired by the smash hit multi-million selling CD albums Dreamboats and Petticoats One, Two, Three, Four and Five, the West End sell-out sensation Dreamboats and Petticoats The Musical features some of the greatest hit songs of the Rock ‘n’ Roll era. These include Let’s Dance, To Know Him Is To Love Him, Shaking All Over, Bobby’s Girl, Little Town Flirt, Only Sixteen, Runaround Sue, Happy Birthday Sweet 16, Let It Be Me, Great Pretender, C’mon Everybody, Let’s Twist Again and many more hits from music’s golden era!
I was in Edinburgh last night at The Playhouse Theatre, to review Dreamboats and Petticoats. I had a preconceived notion that it would be a stage setting with only a band and some singers. But I was very wrong, this was a full stage production with an entertaining and amusing storyline. Including an energetic and upbeat cast. Full of great songs and excitement which was contagious.
There was no weak link in the cast. They could all sing and act wonderfully. Stand out performances for me were Elizabeth Carter who stole the show as Laura and David Luke as Ray, with a vocal range that nearly lifted the roof of The Playhouse!
It’s very important to note that all the music is played and sung live during the show. With an accomplished band, present on the stage throughout the production. What was clear from start to finish was the camaraderie the cast had together.
I highly recommend this show. It has the feel good factor all over it from start to finish. The audience was a mix of teenagers and those of a mature age. All dancing along to the fabulous songs.
Book your tickets today!
The full cast includes:
Jimmy Johnston as Phil/Older Bobby
Alistair Higgins as Bobby
Alistair Hill as Norman
Elizabeth Carter as Laura
Laura Darton as Sue
Gracie Johnson as Donna
David Luke as Ray
Henry Alexander as Colin
Jay Osborne as Richard
Rob Gathercole as Jeremy
Lauren Chinery as Babs
Josh Tye as Derek
Sheridan Lloyd as Andy
Billy Stookes as Barry
Mike Lloyd as Frank/Slugger
Chloe Edwards-Woods as Daisy/Brenda
Alan Howell as Eric
Stephanie Hackett as ASM/Swing
The production is running at The Playhouse in Edinburgh until the 13th of May. Check tour dates below for your area.
DREAMBOATS AND PETTICOATS 2017 UK TOUR
8 – 13 May Box Office: 0844 871 3014
Edinburgh Playhouse Website: atgtickets.com
12 – 17 June Box Office: 0844 871 7648
Glasgow Kings Theatre Website: atgtickets.com
19 – 24 June Box Office: 0844 871 3022
Sunderland Empire Theatre Website: atgtickets.com
26 June – 1 July Box Office: 0114 249 6000
Sheffield Lyceum sheffieldtheatres.co.uk
3 – 8 July Box Office: 0844 871 7652
Milton Keynes Theatre Website: atgtickets.com
10 – 15 July Box Office: 0844 848 2700
Leeds Grand Theatre Website: leedsgrandtheatre.com
17 – 22 July Box Office: 0844 871 3023
Torquay Princess Theatre Website: atgtickets.com
24 – 29 July Box Office: 0844 871 3012
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre Website: atgtickets.com
31 July – 5 August Box Office: 0844 871 3017
Liverpool Empire Theatre Website: atgtickets.com
7 – 12 August Box Office: 01603 630000
Norwich Theatre Royal Website: theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk
22 – 26 August Box Office: 02380 711811
Southampton Mayflower Theatre Website: mayflower.org.uk
28 August – 2 September Box Office: 01702 351135
Southend Cliffs Pavilion Website: southendtheatres.org.uk
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