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Review: Dreamboats and Petticoats, Newcastle Theatre Royal

Sixties heart-throb Mark Wynter stars in the Theatre Royal hit Dreamboats and Petticoats

Keith Pattison Rock n Roll musical Dreamboats and Petticoats
Rock n Roll musical Dreamboats and Petticoats

I might not be old enough to remember the Sixties and the days of youth clubs and rock ’n’ roll dances but I was brought up with many of the songs from this show.

The juke box-style musical, inspired by the million-selling album, is one for all the family and a fun night out, as most of the tunes are still as popular today as they were then.

It’s set in the 1960s, when pop music really took off, and features a group of Essex youth club teenagers who hope to win a national songwriting competition.

Stephen Rolley plays Bobby, who wants to become lead singer in the St Mungo’s Youth Club group but loses out to Norman, played by Matthew Colthart.

Bobby is smitten with bubbly blonde Sue (Louise Olley) but she throws herself at bad boy Norman.

Meanwhile Bobby’s best friend Ray (Will Finlason) has a sweet yet geeky 15-year-old sister, Laura (the fantastic and vocally faultless Hannah Boyce), who wants nothing more than to get Bobby to co-write a hit song with her.

The show is packed with period hits including Bobby’s Girl, Tell Laura I Love Her and Let’s Twist Again. The young cast are enthusiastic, have great voices and are quick to get the audience on their feet during act one.

1960s heart-throb Mark Wynter plays Bobby’s dad Phil and the older Bobby. At the end of the show, during 15 minutes of solid songs, he gets the crowd going with numbers including C’mon Everybody and Hey Baby.

With all the music performed and sung live on stage, it really is a feelgood show and every easy to watch.

If I were to pick a scene it would be the clever sequence when the youth club travel to Southend for an outing. Bobby and Laura leave the others at the funfair while they walk along the pier. He sings Runaway while she sings Who’s Sorry Now at the same time - really remarkable.

 

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