12 Shows in 12 Months #3: Dreamboats and Petticoats

I thought my next show would be Lion King, but as a treat my parents took me to a show when they were visiting this past weekend. We found some good seats near the front of the stalls for ‘Dreamboats and Petticoats’ at the Playhouse Theatre on Northumberland Avenue.

Hardcore theatre-goers and purists would probably comment on the pretty predictable plot and the leading man’s slightly flat tone in performance but we loved it. It’s no ‘Wicked’ or ‘Phantom’ for sure but it was full of energy and just fun to watch!

I’m not sure it was entirely a good idea to sit so near the front, we did get frequent views of what lay under the puffed out skirts of the girls as they were lifted up and swung round. Let’s call this a technical issue, but no one seemed to be complaining! I was one of the younger theatregoers that evening and imagine it’s usually full of people reminiscing about the good old days.

The show is set in 1961 in a Church Youth Club and the dialogue was full of references to that era, it was all fairly innocent and they cleverly wove in songs from that time. Very convenient to have the main character called Robert – thus preparing the way for ‘Bobby’s Girl’. Another main character of dubious repute was called ‘Sue’ (cue ‘Runaround Sue’)…

I knew more songs in the second half than the first but it felt a lot like ‘Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers’, a ‘classic’ from my childhood… 🙂

All in all it was lively and exciting and we had a fun evening. It’s well worth a watch for an evening in the West End (especially when tickets for elsewhere are sold out and you are keen on seeing something!) Pop in for the 60’s photos all over the theatre too, at least 2 lovely ones of Sir Cliff Richard…


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