Night of pure nostalgia

DUE to its phenomenal West End success, Dreamboats and Petticoats, inspired by the albums which sold over one million copies, will continue its national tour throughout 2011 and will visit the Caird Hall, Dundee from October 25 to 29.

The dazzling success of the first four albums in the ‘Dreamboats and Petticoats’ series sent the message loud and clear. With over two million copies sold and several weeks at the Number One spot in the compilation charts, the Great British public were saying that they didn’t just want to listen to pure nostalgia: they’d love to see it as well.

Thus ‘Dreamboats’ was born as a musical, and so was an evening of pure hedonistic affection for a more innocent era, when love was young and so was rock ‘n’ roll.

In 1961 emotions run high as young musicians Norman and Bobby compete to win a national song writing competition – and, more importantly, the attention of the gorgeous Sue! But when Bobby discovers that shy Laura is no slouch on the piano, love and rock ‘n’ roll fame beckons...

The original tour premiered in February 2009 at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley to rave critical reviews and widespread audience acclaim. Having sold out its return there in November 2009, the national tour has been extended throughout 2011.

Written by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, the team behind Goodnight Sweetheart, Birds of a Feather, The New Statesmen and Shine On Harvey Moon, this spectacular feel-good production will give you ‘the greatest time of your life’ – taking you back to a time when each passing week brought another classic track.

Featuring songs from Roy Orbison, The Shadows, Eddie Cochran, Billy Fury, Chuck Berry and many more, including Let’s Dance, To Know Him Is To Love Him, Shaking All Over, Bobby’s Girl, Little Town Flirt, Only Sixteen, Sleepwalk, Runaround Sue, Happy Birthday Sweet 16, What A Wonderful World, Let’s Twist Again, Let It Be Me and many more hits from music’s golden era!

The cast comprises David Ribi, Samantha Dorrance, Ben James-Ellis, Katie Birtill, Josh Little, Anna Campkin, Graeme Henderson, Christopher Fry, Adam Howard, Christopher Wheeler, Chris Coxon, Matthew Quinn, James Nitti, Robbie Durham, Francesca Loren, Emily O’Keeffe, Tristan Pate and the show is directed by Bob Tomson; musical supervision by Keith Strachan with choreography by Carole Todd.

Ticket details from the box office on 01382 434940.

The show also stops off at His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen from November 21 to 26 - ticket details from the box office on 01224 641122.