Dreamboats And Petticoats to Close at the Playhouse Theatre
The Popular Rock ‘n’ Roll Musical Closing its Doors in the West End at the Beginning of August
It has been a while since we have reported on “Dreamboats & Petticoats”. In fact the last big news to surface in relation to the musical at the Playhouse Theatre was in September last year when it was announced that Des O’Connor would be playing roles in the production in the October following. Today, however, it has been revealed that the show is set to close its doors for the final time early next month.
The show has been in the capital for a fair few years now, originally opening at the Savoy Theatre in 2009 before disappearing from the capital and reappearing at the Playhouse the following January. It has also found fans around the country thanks to the touring version and all of these combine to ensure that the show has amassed a strong following, meaning that it will surely be missed when it ends shortly. Unless the show that replaces it – which is yet to be announced – can top Bill Kenwright’s celebration of rock ‘n’ roll.
Penned by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran - the famous television comedy writing duo behind shows like “Birds of a Feather”, “Goodnight Sweetheart” and “The New Statesman” - “Dreamboats & Petticoats” introduces audiences to the characters of Norman and Bobby, two teenagers who are a part of a band and regularly compete with one another for the affections of their female fans. Then a girl called Laura steps into the scene and she is not just a pretty face. In fact, it’s Laura’s skills on the guitar that could lead to rock ‘n’ roll stardom.
As it celebrates rock ‘n’ roll, the musical features many numbers plucked from that era of music, from hits by The Shadows to others by the likes of Chuck Berry, Roy Orbison and Eddie Cochran, among others.
There are numerous other shows that will be ending in the coming months, from “The Wizard of Oz” (which also featured the mentioned Des O’Connor during its run) to “Chicago”.
“Dreamboats & Petticoats” continues at the Playhouse Theatre and is now taking bookings to its end date of Saturday 4th August 2012.