Review: Dreamboats and Petticoats at the Kings Theatre, Southsea

Dreamboats and Petticoats
Dreamboats and Petticoats
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It was everything and more you would expect from a West End show,

Dreamboats and Petticoats arrived in a kaleidoscope of vibrant colour, swishy skirts and fun to the stage of The Kings Theatre.

Its 1961, the era of innocent love and Rock and Roll. Hormones are running riot as young musicians, zit inflicted Bobby and the ultra cool Norman compete to win a national song writing contest and the heart of stunner Sue, but when Bob’s attention is turned by the impressive piano playing of shy Laura, love and fame bekons.

Bobby played by Stephen Rolley showed some excellent vocals whilst geeky Laura’s transformation portrayed by Hannah Boyce is captivating as she turns in into a pretty teen.

With feel good songs from this golden era of music such as ‘Lets Twist and ‘Bobby’s Girl’ I was soon singing and clapping wildly with the rest of the audience,

Former sixties popster Mark Wynter brought the finale to an exhilarating end with several hits including ‘Venus in Blue Jeans’. Dreamboats is a blast of a musical for everyone, those of an older generation will appreciate it more.

It’s fun, cheesy, it made me giggle, but this Seventies wildchild’s heart remains with Grease which in my opinion has some similarities but maybe a better storyline. Until Saturday.