By Julie Wallis twitter.com/nicenic63
Dreamboats and Petticoats at New Alexandra Theatre
The story begins in present day, in an attic with Grandpa Bobby Jimmy Johnston telling his granddaughter Chloe Edwards-Wood about the time he was lead singer in a band, step back in time to the 1960’s and young Bobby Alistair Higgins begins with Let’s Dance. The story of young Bobby and his failed attempt at being a singer songwriter and the love that 15 year old Laura Elizabeth Carter has for him as she follows him around with puppy eyes, whilst Bobby doesn’t notice Laura at all, he only has eyes for Sue Laura Darton.
With a script by the fantastic talent that is Laurence Marks & Maurice Gran, the writers who gave us Goodnight Sweetheart, Birds of a Feather and Shine on Harvey Moon amongst their list of massive TVs hits and 20 jukebox hits in act one including The Wanderer, Little Town Flirt, To Know Him Is To Love Him and all the songs are accompanied with live music on stage there is no way you can not have a great night out if you come to see Dreamboats and Petticoats.
The main set has advertising posters from the era and it looks great, I was distracted by looking at the adverts rather than the characters on stage at the beginning of the night. The lighting is terrific thanks to lighting designer Tim Oliver, I really was transported from Bobbys attic to the 1960 youth club and Southend Pier all in under 2 hours.
This is a truly terrific night out, once again it’s musical theatre at its best. I love the jukebox musicals (I love all musicals). Dreamboats and Petticoats keeps pumping out song after song, sprinkled with a few comedy moments and you will leave the theatre feeling ridiculously happy.
The evening finished with all the audience up on their feet, singing, dancing and clapping their hands. Although it is difficult to do the twist whilst in the confines of the seating I did notice everyone was trying to when Norman Alastair Hill was sing Let’s Twist Again during the big finale music set.
Every singer had a great voice, it’s lovely when the entire cast are all equally strong and talented, so I won’t name check any particular singers. It is enough to say this show was a stage packed full of talent and that made for a perfect night out.
If you like musical theatre you’ll love Dreamboats and Petticoats. So once again many thanks to the staff at the New Alexandra Theatre for taking excellent care of me and for hosting another very memorable night of solid entertainment.
Dreamboats and Petticoats is on until Saturday 6th May. Book tickets here: atgtickets.com/venues/new-alexandra-theatre-birmingham/
Julie was invited to see Dreamboats and Petticoats on behalf of BrumHour by the New Alexandra Theatre.