Dreamboats and Petticoats the hugely successful show in London has transferred to the Wyndham’s Theatre in Leicester Square
After the show announced it’s closure at the Playhouse theatre West End cast member Susannah Allman tweeted, “The Dreamboat has officially sunk”. Well, now it is officially well and truly afloat again. Opening on the 16th October 2012 the musical is now booking until the 19th January 2013
Having played to more than 2 million people since its premiere in 2009, Dreamboats and Petticoats, the musical inspired a series of hit, multi-million selling albums aptly named Dreamboats and Petticoats, one, two, three, four and five. The albums feature a whole host of smash hit songs from the 1950’s classic rock ‘n’ roll era and the early 60’s.
Now Dreamboats and Petticoats have release a brand new album, surprisingly the theme of the titles has changed with the release of the album called The Petticoat Collection, focusing on the ladies from this golden era of pop and rock ‘n’ roll.
The new CD collection features the very best female vocals including: Etta James, Helen Shapiro, Brenda Lee, Martha Reeve & The Vandellas, Doris Day, Connie Francis, Sandra Jenkins and Dusty Springfield.
Dreamboats and Petticoats is a jukebox musical based on popular songs from the 50’s and early 60’s. The show in London features a host of songs from the rock ‘n’ roll era, is set around the years 1957 to 1963.
In 1961 Bobby is auditioning for a band at the local youth club. He almost gets the part but is edged out by the cool and confident Norman, a new arrival to the club. The boys become friends and hang-out with a group of other teenagers including Sue and Laura. Emotions are running high as the aspiring young musicians, compete for the affections of the glamorous Sue.
Bobby’s father announces that the Youth Club association is holding the first National song writing competition. Bobby and Laura, who have similar tastes in music, agree to write a song together, so pitting Bobby against his love rival, Norman. Norman and Bobby compete to win a national song writing competition. They are also vying for the romantic attentions of the gorgeous Sue. But then Bobby discovers that shy Laura is no slouch on the piano. This show has it all, fantastic songs and music, a great story and plenty of laughs along the way as love and rock ‘n’ roll fame beckon.
It was first performed at The Churchill Theatre in Bromley, in February 2009, followed by a UK tour. This tour received both rave critical acclaim and widespread audience popularity. It subsequently moved to the Savoy Theatre in London’s West End before transferring to the Playhouse Theatre, where it closed in August 2012 before opening at the Wyndham’s theatre in October 2012.