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Dreamboats and Petticoats - Mark Wynter stars

Mark Wynter

Theatre preview

MARK Wynter, fresh from his celebrated run in the show at London’s Wyndham’s Theatre last winter, will star in the touring production of Dreamboats and Petticoats, which visits New Wimbledon Theatre from July 29 to August 3, 2013.

Wynter, who made his professional debut in the early 1960s, will perform his classic hits Venus In Blue Jeans, Go Away Little Girl and It’s Almost Tomorrow for the first time on tour in 50 years.

Wynter was hardly out of the charts from August 1960 until the end of 1963, during which time he had nine singles chart hits and spent an extraordinary 80 weeks in the hit parade.

In the mid 60’s, Wynter made his debut in the musical Phil the Fluter at London’s Palace Theatre and, in his words, fell in love with performing ‘book’ musicals. He never returned to pop music, but went on to perform in musicals such as Charlie Girl, The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, South Pacific and Barnum, mixing them with a dramatic career that began when he starred in Barry England’s Conduct Unbecoming at the Queens Theatre.

He has also appeared in the films Just for Fun, The Haunted House of Horrors and Red.

Despite yearly offers, Wynter has never taken part in any of the hugely successful 60’s revival tours. “My career as an actor just took up too much of my time”, he says, “And to be honest, I was never really interested in having my 20 minutes in the spotlight on a revival show singing my hits.”

Dreamboats and Petticoats is set in 1961 and emotions run high as young musicians Norman and Bobby compete to win a national song writing competition, and, more importantly, the attentions of the gorgeous Sue. But when Bobby discovers that shy Laura is no slouch on the piano, love, and rock ‘n’ roll fame beckon.

Inspired by Universal’s multi-million selling album series (now boasting six double compilation albums and a myriad of one off special releases), it features classic tracks such as Let’s Dance, To Know Him Is To Love Him, Shaking All Over, Bobby’s Girl, Little Town Flirt, Only Sixteen, Runaround Sue, Happy Birthday Sweet 16, Let It Be Me, Let’s Twist Again and many more songs from the Rock ‘n’ Roll era.

Since premiering in Bromley in 2009, Dreamboats and Petticoats has played to more than two million people across the UK.

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

The touring production is directed by Bob Tomson and has musical supervision by Keith Strachan, choreography by Carole Todd, designs by Sean Cavanagh, lighting by Mark Howett, and sound by Ben Harrison. Executive Producer is Brian Berg.

The UK tour opens at the Cambridge Arts Theatre on June 17, 2013, before continuing to Leicester, Portsmouth, Bradford, Watford, Wimbledon, Truro, Milton Keynes, Glasgow, Norwich, Croydon, Darlington, Wolverhampton, Blackpool, Chesterfield, Newcastle, Carlisle and Malvern.