and Petticoats the Musical returns to celebrate 10 years of the multi-million selling albums that inspired the Olivier Award-nominated musical and plays at Sunderland Empire until June 24.
Save The Last Dance for Me (which, unironically, actually has a jukebox on stage) completes the loose trilogy, and although its characters are completely different to Dreamboats
, one or two of the faces playing them might be familiar to Empire audiences.
Elizabeth Carter, surely a rising star who has appeared in the Dreamboat
musicals, plays Marie and has the ideal voice for the hit songs, while Jason Denton acts and sings impressively as the sensitive Curtis who realises the impact their budding relationship can have.
& Miniskirts at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle
Bobby and Laura's first single, Dreamboats
and Petticoats, went to the top of the charts, but they haven't been able to repeat that success with any further records.
Alex Beaumont (Bobby) and Elizabeth Carter (Laura) have fine voices and the perfect chemistry for the leads, opening up with Dreamboats
and Petticoats and later impressing with A Groovy Kind of Love, while Alex touches all the emotional buttons with It's Over.
As well as embodying plenty of Lulu and Cilla-esque 60s spirit the two had a Sharon and Tracey-style rapport, which is no surprise really given that a) Dreamboats
& Miniskirts is predominantly set in Essex and b) its writing duo, Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, were also responsible for the Birds of a Feather stage show.
TMuch closer to home, the Victoria Theatre in Halifax is offering a New Year calendar of events bursting with opportunites to feast on smash hits, past and present - from Giuseppe Ver-di's Rigoletto and La Tra-viata to the Beatles-era Dreamboats
and Miniskirts, and the latest in laughter line-ups with the Halifax Comedy Festival.
In his latest book Kazoo Dreamboats
or, On What There Is (2011), Prynne tests the form of the long poem to the point of breaking in order to penetrate the nature of reality, both at the level of the linguistic and social and at the level--unsurprisingly for Prynne--of the subatomic.
Set in 1963, two years after the original production, Dreamboats
and Miniskirts revisits the characters from the first time around and finds that, while the world might have changed irrevocably with the arrival of The Beatles, not a lot has changed elsewhere.
Left, Pauline Quirke, Linda Robson and Lesley Joseph in Birds of a Feather which was written by the same team behind Dreamboats
and Miniskirts, right
Inspired by The Beatles and the Mersey Sound, singers Bobby and Laura have a hit with their single, Dreamboats
and Miniskirts, but struggle with their follow-up and future together.
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and Petticoats hits Newcastle next month.
It's fair to say starring in Dreamboats
And Petticoats The Musical is covering old ground for Mark Wynter.
Former 60s teen idol Mark Wynter, 70, is on tour with Dreamboats