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
Returned 6 January 2010, Closed 4 August 2012 at the Playhouse Theatre in London
Returned Previewed 16 October 2012, Opened 29 October 2012, Closed 19 January 2013 at the Wyndham's Theatre in London

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.

The Ultimate British Rock'n'Roll Musical! 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... 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. Written by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, directed by Bob Tomson with designs by Sean Cavanagh, choreography by Carole Todd, lighting by Mark Howett and sound by Ben Harrison.

"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

"[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

"Somewhere in Essex in the early Sixties is the setting of a jukebox musical that works on the principle of a very thin plot and derives from the album that sold more than half a million copies after its release last year. A talented cast belt out 42 of the masterpieces originally sung by icons such as Roy Orbison, The Shadows, Buddy Holly and Chuck Berry. The story line is by that eminent duo of writers Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran. They could easily have written it in their lunch break... A great, rockin' evening." The Daily Express

"You have got to give West End producer Bill Kenwright credit for spotting a golden opportunity. The Dreamboats And Petticoats albums of Fifties and Sixties hits have sold a million copies - simply add in a sweet, if predictable, boymeets-girl story and hey presto, a surefire crowd pleaser... Cheesy script and a few bad gags aside, Dreamboats is full of energy and packed full of toe-tapping hits like Shakin' All Over and Runaround Sue." The Sun

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.