Rock 'n' Roll Musical Dreamboats and Petticoats Will Play West End | Playbill

News Rock 'n' Roll Musical Dreamboats and Petticoats Will Play West End
Dreamboats and Petticoats, billed as "The Ultimate British Rock 'n' Roll Musical," is heading to the West End's Savoy Theatre, beginning performances July 22, prior to an official opening July 29.

The initial booking is for eight weeks through Sept. 13.

Based around hit songs from the two eponymous compilation albums — the first was one of the biggest selling albums of the decade, amassing 600,000-plus sales since it was released in 2007, while its sequel reached number two in the charts within the first week of its release — Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran have created an original story to house its songs within.

According to publicity materials, it is 1961 and emotions run high as talented young musicians Norman and Bobby compete to win a national songwriting competition and more importantly, the attention of the gorgeous Sue. But when Bobby discovers that shy Laura is no slouch on the piano, love and rock 'n' roll fame beckons.

Marks and Gran, the TV writers behind such hits as "'Brids of a Feather," "Goodnight Sweetheart," "Shine on Harvey Moon," "Love Hurts," "The Last Laugh" and "The New Statesman," have previously adapted the latter for the stage, which after premiering at Brighton's Theatre Royal in April 2006 subsequently came to the West End's Trafalgar Studios.

 The musical features songs from Roy Orbison, The Shadows, Eddie Cochran, Billy Fury, Chuck Berry and more, including "Let's Dance," "To Know Him Is To Love Him," "Shaking All Over," "In Dreams," "Bobby's Girl," "Three Steps To Heaven," "Little Town Flirt," "Only Sixteen," "Runaround Sue," "Happy Birthday Sweet 16," "What a Wonderful World," "Let's Twist Again" and "Come on Everybody." The show is produced by Bill Kenwright and Laurie Mansfield in association with Universal Music. It is directed by Bob Tomson, with musical supervision by Keith Strachan, choreography by Carole Todd, design by Sean Cavanagh, lighting by Mark Howett and sound by Ben Harrison. The executive producer is Brian Berg.

Casting is still to be announced.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 871 7615, or visit

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