Review: Dreamboats and Petticoats, Forum Theatre, Billingham

The cast of Dreamboats and Petticoats 2017 UK Tour. Photo by Pamela Raith Photography.
The cast of Dreamboats and Petticoats 2017 UK Tour. Photo by Pamela Raith Photography.
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C’mon Everybody - lets twist the night away at a show which really is an absolute must for all lovers of the rock n roll era.

Dreamboats and Petticoats The Musical is an out and out winner of a production and it is staying in the Tees Valley for a run at the Forum Theatre which ends on March 18.

It’s packed with hits such as Let’s Dance, To Know Him Is To Love Him, Shaking All Over, and Bobby’s Girl.

It’s a top-tapping, smile-on-your-face type of show which you can’t help but love.

I lost count of the number of songs packed into this show but it was easily over 40. Yet this isn’t just a medley of smash hits.

There’s a storyline too, and lots of great interaction and humour.

It’s a typically romantic tale of a 1961 love story.

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.

That’s the background story. The live show is a night of pure musical indulgence in the best way possible.

Take a mix of top quality singing, a brilliant backing band. mean sounds from the saxophone and trumpet and top-notch lighting and what’s not to love?

Leading characters are Bobby (played by Alistair Higgins) Norman (Alastair Hill), Sue (Laura Darton) and Laura (Elizabeth Carter).

Each was superb and Elizabeth Carter’s performance as Laura shone for me.

By the end of the night, the audience was on its feet and dancing the night away to an infectious mix of hits, a talented cast, and an excellently produced show.

If you adore the days of Tell Laura I Love Her, Dream Lover, It’s My Party and Happy Birthday Sweet 16, then this is the show for you.

For tickets, contact the Forum theatre box office on (01642) 552663, and for more details, visit the www.forumtheatrebillingham.co.uk

And if you still want more after the Forum run finishes, Dreamboats and Petticoats The Musical arrives at the Empire Theatre in Sunderland in June where it will be performed from June 19 to June 24.

The box office is available on 0844 871 3022 and formore information, visit www.atgtickets.com.