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Dreamboats and Miniskirts - The Alhambra, Bradford

Published by: GRAHAM CLARK on 30th Sep 2014 | View all blogs by GRAHAM CLARK
Sixties musicals seem to be very successful at the moment with theatre audiences. This new musical set in the early 1960's continues on from Dreamboats and Petticoates and continues the story of two singers - Bobby (Alex Beaumont) and Laura (Elizabeth Carter).

It is the ear of Merseybeat and groups have taken over from solo singers.
Bobby is now looking to join a group called The Conquests whilst Laura is struggling to follow up her Number 1 hit single, Dreamcoats and Petticoats. To get into the new group Bobby offers them a new song he has written entitled Time Won't Stand Still - the song was actually co-written with Laura.

Hot record producer Tony Lister (Alan Howell) sees The Conquests but thinks that they need a new lead singer. The group find their old friend Norman (Ross William Child) who is newly wed with a baby on the way. He is persuaded to join the band. Whilst in the recording studio recording the song Laura co-wrote it transpires that Laura is recording in an adjacent studio and hears the band singing her song! Fireworks follow.

The songs from the era are cleverly introduced into the show and with tracks such as A Picture of You, Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, The Night Has a 1000 Eyes and Oh Pretty Woman the show is the soundtrack to the teenage years of many of tonight's audience. 

The talented cast sing, dance, act and play instruments throughout the show. Ross William Child plays a suave Norman, looking like a young Cliff Richard whilst Alan Howell plays a charming role as Tony Lister.

Elizabeth Carter plays Laura with innocence which summarises the period exactly. It is a light hearted musical with the songs being the real stars of the show.

A feel good show that is not too deep but will leave you with a smile on your face.

Runs until Saturday 4 October. Tickets available from: www.bradford-theatres.co.uk 

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  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 3 years ago
    Thanks for the review, Graham. Sounds like good clean nostalgic fun!
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