REVIEW: Dreamboats and Miniskirts, Theatre Royal, Newcastle

SWINGIN' SHOW ... Dreamboats and Miniskirts is at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle.
SWINGIN' SHOW ... Dreamboats and Miniskirts is at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle.

THE hemlines may be shorter, but this musical sequel is as fun and charming as the original.

Dreamboats and Miniskirts catches up with the characters of Dreamboats and Petticoats a few years on.

Bobby (Alex Beaumont) and Laura (Elizabeth Carter) have had a No.1 hit with their song, Dreamboats and Petticoats, but now their career is taking a bit of a downward spiral.

Norman (Alastair Hill) and Sue (Louise Olley) are settling into married life, and have a child on the way, and Ray (David Luke) and Donna (Anna Campkin) seem perfectly happy together.

But don’t be put off if you haven’t seen Petticoats. Any information that’s needed is spelled out for you by the characters.

After failing to find fame alongside Laura, Bobby goes back to his youth club band, The Conquests, and recruits record producer Tony (Alan Howell) to help push them into stardom.

The jukebox musical is packed with the biggest songs of the 1960s, but doesn’t seem to have those corny set-ups you sometimes find in shows like this. Each song seemed to fit perfectly in the moment.

Being born in 1988, I was worried that most of the soundtrack would be alien to me, but it was quite the contrary. I knew almost every song, and even the ones I wasn’t familiar with caused me to tap my toes and a smile to spread over my face.

Tracks like I Only Want To Be With You, Twist and Shout, A Groovy Kind Of Love, and Oh Pretty Woman went down a storm with the audience.

From rock ‘n’ roll songs, to big ballads, and stripped back a capella numbers, each song was fantastically performed by the fresh-faced cast and the extremely talented live musicians on stage.

Whether in a leading role, or a supporting one, each actor gave a powerful performance.

Washington’s Carter made a huge impression in her almost-hometown show. Her renditions of It’s In His Kiss and You Don’t Own Me were incredible.

Choreography in the show is fun and energetic and includes all of those signature sixties dance moves, like the twist and the mashed potato.

The set is simple but it does the job. The colourful costumes are enough to transport the audience back to the swingin’ decade.

The show has such a feel-good vibe, and you’ll go through a raft of emotions with the characters, but you’re guaranteed a night of infectious fun.

It’s a groovy kind of show – and one you simply have to see.

Dreamboats and Miniskirts runs until Saturday, January 24. Click here to book tickets.

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