IT’S a smash-hit feel good musical that has everyone singing along and itching to get up on their feet. Dreamboats is popcorn nostalgia that comes with a guarentee of a good time and it moved into The Grove last night for a week-long run.
The show has become so phenomenally successful that it is trapped on its own merry-go-round of touring as well as being responsible for shifting millions of soundtrack CDs.
It’s unusual in that the musical was spawned by the soundtrack. The dazzling success of the first four albums in the Dreamboats and Petticoats series sent the message loud and clear. With more than two million copies sold and several weeks at the Number One spot in the compilation charts, the public made it clear that they didn’t just want to listen to pure the music 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...
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 delivers the goods 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 it includes 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.
Dreamboats runs until Saturday. For tickets call the box office 01582 602080 or go online www.grovetheatre.co.uk
*TO stay in the musical mood the mega musical Grease comes to Aylesbury’s Waterside Theatre from next Monday for a week. Sadly not starring John Travolta but featuring the gorgeous and hugely talented Grease Is The Word winner Danny Bayne. For tickets/ details call 0844 871 7607 or go online www.,agttickets.com/aylesbury