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Dreamboats and Petticoats – The Playhouse Theatre

The Playhouse Theatre is now playing host to the show which has achieved critical acclaim and fame for a turning a compilation CD from the rocking-and-rolling 50’s and 60’s into a full-blown West End musical. Thousands upon thousands have flocked to the theatres to take in the performance and it’s easy to see why.

Dreamboats and Petticoats is chock full of classic rock ’n’ roll tracks, that whisk the audience back to a simple era when pop songs were all about girls and boys, love and heartache. As you’d expect, the story revolves around a love-stuck members of the Essex based St Mungo’s Youth Club. Bobby (Scott Bruton) and Norman (Ben Freeman ex Emmerdale actor) compete for the affections of sex-goddess Sue (played by ex-Hollyoaks star Jennifer Biddall) but then bespectacled schoolgirl Laura (Daisy Wood Davis) comes of age and wins Bobby’s heart. A predictable, yet heart-warming story supported by a wonderful cast and a classic track listing.

Dreamboats and Petticoats is a two-and-a-half hour rock ’n’ roll romp, with all the classics that greying pensioners will remember fondly from their youth. The non-stop hits keep coming, with 44 chart-topping tunes including ballads and up-tempo beats by Billy Fury, Chuck Berry, Roy Orbison, Chubby Checker and many more.

With well over a million theatre-goers having seen the show since its release, it’s a clear testament to the skill of writers Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, the producers Bill Kenwright and Laurie Mansfield and the rest of the cast and crew.

In the end, Dreamboats and Petticoats is a delightfully simple, thoroughly enjoyable show that anyone can appreciate. It’ll have you bopping along in your seat with a smile on your face and a song in your heart.

Published: 21/06/2011 15:27:54