Review: Dreamboats and Petticoats @ New Wimbledon Theatre


By Sandra Saadi 

Audiences were taken back to the 60s last week as New Wimbledon Theatre played host to one of the most uplifting musicals ever.

Dreamboats and Petticoats focuses on a group of teenagers experiencing their first love. Bobby, Ray, Laura and Sue will be reunited around a musical contest through which they will face many tribulations before being blessed by the joys of love and music.

The plot remains predictable as we guess quite early how happy the end will be, and the stage direction does not surprise either. However, Act Two turns out to be more creative and all in all the show is very cheerful and filled with humour.

The play is supported by a troupe of very talented performers who make the play a delight to attend. The show pays tribute to the 50s and 60s through widely-known songs including Shakin’ All Over, Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen, and of course Dreamboats and Petticoats.

We must not forget the doyen of the troupe, Mark Wynter, singer of Venus in Blue Jeans, It’s Almost Tomorrow or even Go Away Little Girl, who received a standing ovation while performing Hey Baby. He managed to convert the audience into dance floor, which was quite a challenge.

Photo courtesy of Michael HASTED via YouTube, with thanks.

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