Dreamboats and Petticoats
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Previewed 22 July 2009, Opened 29 July 2009, Closed 31 October 2009 at the Savoy Theatre in London
The Ultimate British Rock'n'Roll Musical!
Bill Kenwright presents the musical Dreamboats and Petticoats in London at the Wyndham's Theatre for a strictly limited season - following a two-and-a-half year run at London's Playhouse Theatre in 2010/12.
In 1961 emotions run 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...
"Milkshakes, quiffs and classic pop... I loved every moment of this show" The Daily Telegraph
Inspired by the smash hit million selling compilation albums Dreamboats and Petticoats and its follow-up, Dreamboats and Petticoats, which featured some of the greatest hit songs of the rock'n'roll era, this new feel-good musical production promises to give you 'the greatest time of your life', taking you back to a time when each passing week brought another classic track.
"Vastly entertaining... delightful" The Sunday Express
"One of the guilty pleasures of the West End in recent years has been the steady stream of compilation musicals. Dreamboats And Petticoats is the latest... it's great fun, as loud as you like, and the music is sublime. You get 43 hits from the golden era: The Shadows, Roy Orbison, Chubby Checker, Bobby Vee, you name them - and it's set prior to 1962, so no Beatles... The plot is lame but it cleverly emulates the innocence, heartbreak and dulcet longings of the music it cues up, and Bob Tomson's direction whisks us without pause over the awful jokes and overdone Sixties references. As a live act it splendidly serves up the cocktail of hormones and harmonies that was early rock 'n' roll." The Mail on Sunday
"Has the charm, energy and innocence of a bygone era" The London Evening Standard
"[Dreamboats and Petticoats] is tremendous, tub-thumping fun, and, with the old team of Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran scripting it, there is an easy-going charm to the proceedings with plenty of knowing gags, an assortment of thoroughly believable characters and even the occasional touches of irony... The plot is of course no more than a device to link a series of hits from the 1960s and the youthful, good-looking cast... under the direction of Bob Tomson, belt them out with gusto." The Sunday Telegraph
The stage musical Dreamboats and Petticoats has been written by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran who's previous credits include the television shows Goodnight Sweetheart, Birds of a Feather, The New Statesmen and Shine On Harvey Moon. Originally presented in London at the Savoy Theatre where it played an extended three month season, the production returns to London, this time at the Playhouse Theatre.
Dreamboats and Petticoats in London at the Savoy Theatre previewed from 22 July 2009, opened on 29 July 2009 and closed on 31 October 2009, returned to London at the Playhouse Theatre from 6 January 2010 and closed on 4 August 2012. Returned to London at the Wyndham's Theatre previewed from 16 October 2012, opened on 29 October 2012 and closes on 19 January 2013.