Dreamboats and Petticoats is a new musical that was first seen at The Savoy Theatre from July-October 2009. After a run at the Playhouse Theatre, it moved to Wyndham’s Theatre for a limited run before closing in early 2013. Be sure to read our Dreamboats and Petticoats review below.
Set in 1961 and based on the million-selling album of the same name, Dreamboats and Petticoats tells the story of young musicians Bobby and Norman who compete with each other to win fame in a song writing competition, as well as the eyes of girls, Laura and Sue. Bobby soon discovers that Laura has musical talent of her own, and love and rock ‘n’ roll fame awaits them. Written by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran who wrote of Birds of a Feather and Goodnight Sweetheart, Dreamboats and Petticoats features classic songs from Chuck Berry, Roy Orbison, The Shadows and many, many more in this feel-good new musical.
“Scott Bruton splendidly captures the doubts and humiliations of adolescence as Bobby, while putting over Roy Orbison’s wonderful In Dreams with heartfelt, soaring-voiced sincerity. Ben Freeman is hilarious as the oafishly self-confident Norman, and there is touching work from Daisy Wood-Davis as Laura, lamenting just how hard it is to be a teenager in love. Ah yes, I remember it well…and this lovely show brings the memories flooding back.”
Charles Spencer at the Daily Telegraph
“It’s not Oscar Wilde, I admit, but people of a certain age will smile ruefully at the invocation of a bygone age edging from rationing and austerity into the possibility of chocolate treats and electric guitars. Dreamboats is a nostalgia feast aimed at an audience that listens to Brian Matthew’s Sounds of the Sixties on Radio 2 and remembers daring to go and see Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho at the local Gaumont.”
Michael Coveney at the Independent.
“The whole thing is pacy, as shallow as a paddling pool, and innocent fun – particularly for those who lived through the songs first time round.”
Quentin Letts at The Daily Mail.