Dreamboats and Petticoats proved a winner with audiences who soaked up an engaging story littered with a sensational soundtrack.
Now the jukebox musical continues, with Dreamboats and Miniskirts.
Writers Marks & Gran (below) – responsible for The New Statesman, Goodnight Sweetheart and Birds of a Feather – sharpened their pens and continued the story.
It is now 1963 and things are changing – Bobby and Laura’s hit single Dreamboats and Petticoats has not taken off.
Norman and Sue have settled down to non-marital bliss, and a baby. Mind you, Ray and Donna seem blissfully happy.
The Merseyside sound, spearheaded by The Beatles, is inspirational.
But inspirational enough for Bobby and Laura to have one more shot at stardom? For Ray to manage a top pop act? And for Norman to find the singing voice he has longed for?
All will be revealed from Monday, when Dreamboats and Miniskirts pulls into MK Theatre for a week-long stay.
The show will take you back to a golden time when jukeboxes ruled, and pop stars really were stars.
But what inspired writers Laurence and Maurice?
I asked them: “Wow, that’s a tough one. I suppose it has to be The Beatles. I was walking across my school playground when out of the sixth form common room window came the opening track of their first album, I Saw Her Standing There. The song stopped me in my tracks, I looked up and realised that from that moment on nothing would be the same ever again,” Laurence recalled.
And Laurence has memories aplenty of watching the stars on their way up.
Exciting times, remembered:
“Well, I saw them all: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Beach Boys, Spencer Davis Group, Cream, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Manfred Mann and so many more.
“I was a regular at all the London dives that had live groups and so not much escaped me. “And living in Finsbury Park, as was Maurice, I was able to go to the Astoria and catch package tours, on which were American groups, such as the Tamla Motown Touring Revue.
“Then there were blues players – Sonny Boy Williamson, Howlin’ Wolf and John Lee Hooker who I saw play in a sweaty Soho basement at which I paid an admittance fee of 1/6d (about seven and a half pence in today’s money!)
“The most exciting gig I went to was an afternoon session at Brixton’s Ram Jam Club, where for one performance only played the one and only Otis Redding.
“A never to be forgotten day in my life,” he said.
“I saw lots, but by no means all of the legendary groups,” countered Maurice, who witnessed Cream’s last show and Led Zeppelin’s first!
“I went to the Beatles Christmas Show at the Finsbury Park Astoria, which was ten minutes from my house. I never saw the Stones live, but I saw The Who at the Roundhouse, and when Roger Daltrey waved his microphone lead like a lasoo, the mic went within inches of my nose!”
Now it’s your turn to take a ticket for what promises to be a memorable nightout.
Call 0844 871 7652 to book.