Dreamboats and Petticoats has been on the road before.
It starts with Bobby reminiscing to his granddaughter about the good old days when, as a 17 year old at his local youth club, he first encountered love, and fame as a song writer.
The action, goes back to those days when we see the young, enthusiastic Bobby ousted by a know it all by the name of Norman, who steals his place as lead singer, and his girl. It’s no surprise that it all works out, but until that happens we are treated to a feast of rock ‘n’ roll, served up by a company of versatile and talented musicians who also double up as dancers and actors. There are 46 songs in the show, each of which links together the story of Bobby, Laura and their friends at St Mungo’s Youth Club
What’s extraordinary about both the up tempo rockers and the ballads of the period is how evocative, melodic and fresh this music still seems.
I loved every moment of this show. This lively production has great heart, following a group of teenagers at a youth club as they bicker, feud, fall in and out of love and try to become pop stars.
You will not find deep characterisation in this show, instead you get decent jokes, return to an age when an “international grill” and a banana milkshake at the Wimpy bar was the height of sophistication, and a cracking young company and band who put over some of the best pop songs ever written.
The music isn’t the only good thing about this show, as I said, it really is very funny in places. There are the references to all sorts of things that were popular around 1960 much appreciated by members of the audience who are of a certain age! But it’s not only for people who were around back in the day. If you like a good night out, exciting music and are into retro fashions, this is the show for you.
Tickets are on sale and are available from the Box Office, by calling 0844 871 7649 or visiting www.atgtickets.com/stoke