Review: Dreamboats and Petticoats at the Regent Theatre

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Whether you are already a fan of rock n’ roll or want to be introduced to it for the first time, Dreamboats and Petticoats will take you back to the fun of the late 1950s and early 1960s.

The show tells the story of Bobby, a young boy growing up in Essex in 1961 with dreams of romance and rock ‘n’ roll.

Bobby must juggle school and his parents while also finding time for his songwriting ambitions and various love interests.

Music is key to the success of the show with a non-stop ride of classic musical numbers such as, Poetry in Motion and Da Do Ron Ron.

The audience is transported back in time with a stellar soundtrack featuring Roy Orbison, Dion, Jerry Lee Lewis and many more.

Not only do the cast sing and dance throughout the show but they also operate as the main band.

This is incredibly impressive and as the show goes on the cast have more and more fun with it.

It was a real pleasure to watch the interaction between musicians and actors and the crossover between the two is one of the show’s greatest strengths.

As the story progresses you can’t help but root for Bobby (Alistair Higgins) who struggles with his new found teenage emotions.

Elizabeth Carter also shines as Laura, a quiet girl who comes into her own as the show progresses.

All of this is held together by the comic relief of Ray (David Luke), Laura’s older brother, who offers the audience respite from the sometimes emotional story with a series of well-timed jokes and punchy songs.

The set was minimalist in its approach but offered all the relevant imagery to get the audience’s imagination flowing.

Youth club halls and teenage bedrooms adorned with posters offered enough nostalgia to convey the simplistic joy of the era.

The final 15 minutes of the show was met with rapturous applause from the audience who rose from their seats to dance, sing and clap along.

The Bill Kenwright production is touring the U.K. throughout 2017 and dishing out 50s fun wherever it goes. Catch it at The Regent Theatre until Saturday, 15 April 2017.

Tickets available from the ATG website.

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