Dreamboats and Petticoats are ‘bringing on back the good times’ with this blast from the past musical. This is the third musical adaptation inspired by the smash hit albums.
Walking into the theatre, I was certainly the youngest by far. This show really is one for those who either lived through this era or happened to be brought up on the sound thanks to their parents. I am the latter.
I grew up on the golden era of 50s and 60s music and remember pulling out the rock n roll cassette and playing it on every car journey as a child. My mum now has most of the dreamboat and petticoat albums so this was the perfect treat for her.
It’s a simple story
Actually, I’m not sure there is much of a story at all. Bobby and his band land a gig at Butlin’s thanks to the help of his girlfriend Laura. They separate for the summer season and navigate finding their own voices. Then the couple enter into Eurovision, which is brushed over at the end, before attending a celebration party at their youth club. It’s a little cheesy but I didn’t mind to be honest.
In true jukebox musical form this show smashes through hit after hit after hit with over 30 numbers in the whole production.
‘Hang on Sloopy’ was a real energy boost, an acapella version of ‘Blue Moon’ was something special and the rendition of ‘You Don’t Own Me’ was a nice key change to the evening.
A cast of real talent
Elizabeth Carter had such genuine heart and kindness as Laura and David Ribi showed real charm and sweetness. Both excellent boy/girl next door parts.
Alastair Hill gave us the Elvis vibe as Norman and brought a huge amount of comedy to the show. As did David Benson who brought the house down with his spot-on impression of Kenneth Williams.
The whole cast showed real talent especially as a lot of them also played instruments.
The musical had me, my mum and the whole audience dancing and singing in our seats. It’s not a flash bang production and it does take a gentler steer. Yes there could have been more work to fill out the story but actually, the music really is enough to have an enjoyable time.
In fact, my mum enjoyed it so much, she is returning on the weekend with her mum (my nan!)
Dreamboats and Petticoats is a wholesome, feel-good musical that will take you on an entertaining nostalgia trip.
Playing at Palace Theatre in Manchester until Saturday 19 March 2022. On tour following that.