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Competition Song in Dreamboats and Petticoats at the Playhouse Theatre

Monday, 4th Jul 2011  

Another Song Added to the Line-up of Popular Tracks Currently Occupying the West End Hit

It has been a while since the West End hit “Dreamboats and Petticoats” has found its way into the news but today such a feat is achieved via the Belfast Telegraph with details of a new song working its way into the production.

The song is called “It’s Cryin’ Time Again” and is the work of Arthur John Williams and Larry Rushton, both of whom penned the track 30 years ago and saw it rejected by Sir Paul McCartney in a talent competition. Back then it became a runner up in the 1981contest, though audiences will finally get to witness the track live at the Playhouse Theatre after a more contemporary competition convinced them to try again, this time winning over the judges with ease.

However, whilst the song is 30 years old, the show itself takes audiences back in time even further to 1961, where we are introduced to two teenagers called Norman and Bobby, who perform together in a rock band and regularly compete for the attention of their female fans. Then along comes Laura – a beautiful girl capable of turning any head in the room – but it doesn’t take long to realise that she is not just a pretty face. A dab-hand at the guitar, it could be her skills that beckon rock ‘n’ roll stardom.

The show takes its music cues from the songs of the era and so various 1950s and 1960s hits make up the spectacle. Such tracks also made it to the 2007 album “Dreamboats and Petticoats”, which inspired the musical, and have proven to be timeless classics.

And it all comes from the pens of Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, a writing duo responsible for some famous British sitcoms over the years. Their credits include the likes of “The New Statesman”, “Goodnight Sweetheart” and, perhaps their most famous, “Birds of a Feather”.

“Dreamboats & Petticoats” is a well known jukebox musical, though it is not the only one that is popular with audiences in the capital and is joined by “Million Dollar Quartet”, “We Will Rock You” and the upcoming “Rock Of Ages”.

It continues its run at the Playhouse Theatre and is currently booking until Thursday 24th November 2012.

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