In 1961 emotions run high as talented young musicians Norman (played by Bradley Clarkson) and Bobby compete to win the hearts of their adoring female fans - and more importantly, the gorgeous Laura. But when Laura shows that she's no slouch with the guitar, rock 'n' roll fame beckons.....
Featuring the hit songs Lets Dance, To Know Him Is To Love Him, Shaking All Over, In Dreams, Bobby's Girl, Three Steps To Heaven, Little Town Flirt, Only Sixteen, Almost Grown, Sleepwalk, Runaround Sue, The Locomotion, Happy Birthday Sweet 16, What A Wonderful World, Half Way To Paradise, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, Let's Twist Again and many more hits from music's golden era!
Inspired by the albums, Bill Kenwright and Laurie Mansfield in association with Universal Music present Dreamboats and Petticoats The Musical, written by Marks and Gran, the team behind Goodnight Sweetheart, Birds Of A Feather, and Shine On Harvey Moon, will give you the greatest time of your life - taking you back to a time when each passing week brought another classic track. Featuring songs from Roy Orbison, The Shadows, Eddie Cochran, Billy Fury, Chuck Berry and many more.
Over a million people have swung their hips to producer Bill Kenwright's 'Dreamboats and Petticoats', since it opened at the Savoy Theatre in 2009. Lots of those hips will have been a little stiffer than they once were: this jukebox musical, set in Essex in the early '60s, is unashamedly aimed at the older generation. 'Dreamboats and Petticoats's current home, the Playhouse Theatre, teems with beaming silver-haired swayers, reliving their teenage years.
Director Bob Tomson's production, designed with joyful panache by Sean Cavanagh, throbs with innocent and infectious energy. Set in a popular youth club, posters of '60s idols wash the walls with colour. Disco lights flash constantly and the clean-cut cast leaps about in rainbow-coloured costumes.
Over 40 hits from the '60s are covered here, so there's only space for a super-light love story, between wannabe singers Bobby (Alexis Gerred) and Laura (Megan Jones). But it's the music that matters. This could have resulted in some lazy script writing, but Laurence Marks and Marice Gran's book is smart, slick and ever so slightly salacious.
Also, 'Dreamboats and Petticoats' doesn't drown in sentiment. This nostalgic musical medley might have been sickly sweet but silly comic cameos (such as a bass singing boxer), as well as some seriously rocking numbers, add a little spice. It is the anarchic, not romantic, songs that work best and when Elvis lookalike Norman (Bradley Clarkson) blasts out 'Great Pretender' this sweet show turns a little sexy.
The singing talent runs deep. Crooner Bobby and his rival, rocker Norman, are the undoubted stars but nearly everyone gets a number - and most of them nail it. Jessica Dyas is particularly flamboyant as small town flirt Sue and it's a cheeky pleasure to watch her and Norman wail and wiggle their way through 'Shakin All Over'.
But 'Dreamboats' really floats when the audience joins in. It is touching and telling that the numbers about adolescent angst, such as 'Teenager in Love', really get the crowd crooning. That this show can create such a spontaneous reaction, from a sometimes stiff West End audience, is all the testimony it needs.To read it in full, click here.
The quintessential teenage story filled with unrequited love, dreams and of course a bit of rock ‘n’ roll. The early years of the 1960’s are one of a distant past, filled with the music of Roy Orbison and Chubby Checker, boys dreaming of becoming rock stars, girls dreaming of falling in love, the music and lifestyle has continued up to present day. Do you know how to twist?
‘Dreamboats and Petticoats’ located at the Playhouse Theatre, is an explosion of this era, a mix of a talented youthful cast and classic tunes makes this an exciting adventure for any age. The story is set in a youth club somewhere in the depths of Essex, the costumes are flourished with polka dots, slick back quiffs, bright lights and 1960’s adverts adorn the stage, pure genius. ‘Bobby’ (played by Alexis Gerred) is a young lad with aspirations of being a rock and roll star and winning the heart of a girl. The story dramatically unfolds to reveal his relationship with ‘Laura’ (played by Megan Jones), a connection that touches into the depths of our memories and heart, making us remember the day we realized that sometimes the perfect love is right under our noses.
‘Bobby’s’ first step to stardom is thwarted at the beginning by a cocky rebel named ‘Norman’ (played by Bradley Clarkson), who’s cheeky renditions with the popular, busty ‘Sue’ (played by Emma Stephens), takes this show from the hop to hot in a flash. With a fiery ending that see’s the whole room singing along at the top of their lungs and dancing like their back in ’55 doing the jive, you’ll be cursing your older relatives at how lucky they were.
It’s a light-hearted musical, filled with comical timing gold, youthful mishaps that most of us can relate to and a whole lot of flair. Alexis Gerred, with his belter of a voice and his capability of commanding the stage which ever style of song comes from lips, is definitely born to be a showman. As well as Bradley Clarkson and AJ Dean (who playsRay), their exquisite vocals could not be more perfect for this genre, fused with the live band on stage, it’s enough to pull you straight back in time.
So dust off your vinyl’s, grease back your hair and grab your Nan for a trip back to the 60’s.
C’MON EVERYBODY, LETS ALL GO TO THE HOP. 9/10.
‘It is the anarchic...songs that work best and when Elvis lookalike Norman (Bradley Clarkson) blasts out 'The Wanderer' this sweet show turns a little sexy...’
‘The singing talent runs deep...Bobby and his rival, rocker Norman, are the undoubted stars...’
‘...it's a cheeky pleasure to watch Sue and Norman wail and wiggle their way through 'Shakin All Over'.
‘That this show can create such a spontaneous reaction, from a sometimes stiff West End audience, is all the testimony it needs.’
‘...cocky rebel Norman (Bradley Clarkson)...takes this show from hop to hot in a flash.’
‘Bradley Clarkson’s...vocals could not be more perfect for this genre’