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Nostalgic show is outstanding ; REVIEW

September 26, 2013


Dreamboats and Petticoats at Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton HE was a pop star in the '60s, and now Mark Wynter is reliving the dream in this hit musical about teenage love and ambitions at that time.

Now 70, he plays the father of young Bobby who is a budding singer and song writer, but he gets plenty of opportunities to show that his voice still has great quality, and he's pretty nifty on those pensioner pins in several rock 'n' roll numbers.

With a large section of the audiences getting on a bit, perhaps the promoters should issue a warning - don't try this at home!

The show opens with Wynter gently reminiscing with his granddaughter about his musical youth, then bursts into action with a string of great songs, including To Know Him is to Love Him, Poetry in Motion, Let's Dance, Teenager in Love, and Happy Birthday Sweet 16.

Stephen Rolley is a confident young Bobby and Hannah Boyce, making her professional debut in this production, excels as the geeky teenager Laura who blossoms to become his attractive girlfriend as well as co-songwriter.

Outstanding performances, too, from Louise Olley as sexy Sue, the blonde stunner who first catches Bobby's eye, and Matthew Colthart, Norman, the rival with a fine voice and an ego to match.

The show ends with Wynter giving a remarkable performance in hits such as Venus in Blue Jeans.

By Paul Marston

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