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Dreamboats and Petticoats

Published by: Paul Tyree on 15th Jan 2014 | View all blogs by Paul Tyree


Dreamboats and Petticoats

Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Featuring over 40 songs from the 50’s this musical from the pen of Marks and Gran (famous for Birds of a Feather amongst others) is chock full of toe tapping and instantly recognisable music. Telling the story of young Bobby and his group of friends trying to write a song for a local talent contest and their subsequent romantic adventures, this gives the perfect outlet through which to use so many of the 50’s biggest hits.

So much about this musical is fantastic. The fact that all the music is played live and sung well by pretty much all of the cast is to be highly commended. The writing is often funny and the performances generally fantastic.

Greg Fossard as Bobby is sometimes not quite loud enough or projects enough through some of the songs making him sometimes difficult to hear, but this is probably the only failure of an otherwise wonderful show. Matthew Colthart as Norman sings wonderfully and gets most of the laughs but perhaps even more impressive in an unforgiving role is Will Finlason as Ray the main female characters brother. He really impresses both with the best male voice on show here and his acting, mannerisms and look perfectly suit the role he is playing.

Best of all, however, is Hannah Boyce as Laura, the young girl who loves Bobby from afar before blossoming into the heroine and centre of the story. She sings beautifully thoughout and her performance overall is probably the best of the night.

A special mention must also go to Chloe Edwards-Wood who played the saxophone fantastically throughout whilst also dancing, singing and acting. She was note perfect in a thankless role but her efforts did not go unnoticed.

My daughter, who is 10 years of age, and didn’t know any of the songs also had a marvellous time. She said the music was great, which just goes to show how well the songs have been chosen in order to help to tell the story. The Lyceum was full last night, it has to be said, by an audience that was predominantly well over 60 years of age, but this musical can and should be enjoyed by all ages.

A wonderful family musical. Playing until Saturday!

Wed 15 Jan 7:45pm   £21.00 - £29.00* Book Tickets
Thu 16 Jan 2:00pm   £20.00 - £28.00* Book Tickets
Thu 16 Jan 7:45pm   £21.00 - £29.00* Book Tickets
Fri 17 Jan 7:45pm Audio Described, Signed £24.00 - £32.00* Book Tickets
Sat 18 Jan 3:00pm   £21.00 - £29.00* Book Tickets
Sat 18 Jan 7:45pm   £24.00 - £32.00* Book Tickets


1 Comment

  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 4 years ago
    Thanks, Paul. I saw a previous tour and agree wholeheartedly. It is literrally a Juke Box musical but keeps plenty of interest with character and good performances.
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