If you weren’t caught up in the whirlwind of 50s excitement that was Dreamboats and Petticoats then you missed out, and all the more reason to see the sequel, Dreamboats and Miniskirts which is on tour and currently playing at The Churchill Theatre, Bromley.
We join Bobby and Laura 18 months on from their chart topping self penned hit, Dreamboats and Petticoats. They’re older, wiser, and their skirts are a little bit shorter. With new 60s sounds coming across the Atlantic, their musical influences have changed, giving us an opportunity to hear some of the greatest music of the early and mid 1960s performed by the supreme musical talent on offer in this cast. All instruments are played live on stage, with performers singing, dancing and acting at the same time, which is no mean feat when you’re tasked with the bass saxophone part!
As you’d expect from any jukebox musical, Dreamboats and Miniskirts is a little thin on the plot front, as the songs are loosely strung together by aspirational teenage love stories. However it’s a typically cheeky Marks and Gran script, full of touching moments and double entendres. The audience at The Churchill Theatre last night were enraptured throughout, enjoying every last note of these retro classics. The cast belt their way through numbers such as You Don’t Own Me and the wonderful Be My Baby. We’re even treated to a brief appearance from The Fab Four, and an incredible a cappella performance of You Really Got A Hold On Me.
The show is a masterclass in musical talent. The cast work tirelessly throughout, and by playing the instruments live on stage a whole new dimension is added to what could easily have turned into a glorified tribute act. Their energy and chemistry drives the plot along, and you find yourself smiling at the end of ever number. A heartwarming and toe tapping night out for anyone with a little swinging sixties love in their heart!