Dreamboats and Petticoats, Milton Keynes Theatre
Reviewed by Becky Mary on the 5th of July 2017, Matinee Performance
Dreamboats and Petticoats is a fun and upbeat blast from the past, full of rock and roll hits and takes you on a trip down memory lane. A fantastic production that brings the 50-60s on the stage for people to enjoy.
Dreamboats and Petticoats is ultimately what one would describe a Jukebox musical, but in contrast it also has a very good story line that has been well thought about and aids the music of that era. It does however appeal to a certain audience and that can be sadly mean that seats will not be bought. I was happily surprised that when I attended it had barely any seats empty and was full of people eager to clap and sing along (which I am not used to at all but was happy to see so many people smiling and enjoying the show)
The cast was fantastic and kept an upbeat and fun feel all the way through the show which was nice to see them truly enjoying themselves. Another thing that was present was a live band on stage which added to the overall show and made it stand out from other shows. As well as this the actors really did interact with the audience which overall was enjoyable to see people getting up and dancing along with the actors onstage. The vocals were fantastic and true the rock and roll style of the production varying with A-cappella numbers to fun and upbeat numbers. I think one of my favourite parts was at the end where the cast did a medley of loads of well-known songs that you could sing-a-long with them.
The set reflected the 50s and 60s with pictures, comics and even old products such as “Ricicles” which was very reflective and gave patrons a trip down memory lane that they possibly had forgotten about.
Overall a great love story intertwined with hits from the fun and upbeat rock and roll loving past.