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Dreamboats and Miniskirts - Theatre Royal, Windsor and on tour

Dreamboats and Miniskirts

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THIS summer, a new musical is set to showcase the greatest hit songs of the 60s. Dreamboats and Miniskirts, the sequel to the sellout Dreamboats and Petticoats, receives its world premiere at the Theatre Royal in Windsor on Wednesday, August 6, 2014, prior to a UK tour.

Since its premiere in Bromley in 2009, Dreamboats and Petticoats has become a musical phenomenon, having played to more than two million people across the UK.

The show was inspired by Universal’s multi-million selling album series which now boasts seven double compilation albums and a myriad of one off special releases! Now the creative team reunite for the sequel.

It’s 1963, and the world is changing. Bobby and Laura’s single Dreamboats and Petticoats is only half a hit. Norman and Sue have settled down to non-marital bliss – and a baby! And Ray and Donna seem blissfully happy…

The advent of the Beatles and the Merseyside sound is inspirational. But will it inspire Bobby and Laura to have one more shot at stardom – Norman to “get off the drains” and find that hit parade voice he has longed for, and Ray to realise his ambition and manage a really top pop act?

All will be revealed in a follow up with ‘the same wit, charm and great songs’ as Dreamboats and Petticoats. Those songs include Twist & Shout, Handy Man, Pretty Woman and One Fine Day.

Dreamboats and Miniskirts is written by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, the team behind Goodnight Sweetheart, Birds of a Feather, The New Statesman, Shine on Harvey Moon, Save the Last Dance For Me and of course, Dreamboats and Petticoats, and is produced by Bill Kenwright and Laurie Mansfield in association with Universal Music.

NB: Universal Music will release an album entitled Dreamboats and Miniskirts in July 2014.

Following the Windsor dates, Dreamboats and Miniskirts will tour to the Arts Theatre, Cambridge (August 18-23), Congress Theatre, Eastbourne (August 25-30), New Theatre, Oxford (September 1-6), New Victoria Theatre, Woking (September 8-13), Civic Theatre, Darlington (September 15-20), Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells (September 22-27), Alhambra Theatre, Bradford (September 29-October 4), Milton Keynes Theatre (October 6-11), Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham (October 13-18), Festival Theatre, Malvern (October 20-25), Regent Theatre, Ipswich (October 27-November 1), King’s Theatre, Edinburgh (November 3-8), Belgrade Theatre, Coventry (November 10-15), New Theatre, Cardiff (November 18-22, 2014), Orchard Theatre, Dartford (January 5-10, 2015), Theatre Royal, Newcastle (January 20-25) and Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury (March 9-14).