Dreamboats & Petticoats: Bringing On Back The Good Times Review at the Newcastle Theatre Royal.
This is the third instalment of the Dreamboats & Petticoats franchise based on the hit music albums. But don’t worry you won’t have needed to see the others to enjoy this one, as this cast brought back the good times for another celebration of hits.
So what’s it about… Bringing on Back the Good Times finds Laura (Elizabeth Carter) with a successful solo career but her partner on their number one hit record Dreamboats and Petticoats’ Bobby (David Ribi) has left the spotlight and decided to re-join his former group Norman and The Conquests at St Mungo’s Youth Club, and as every good story starts we reminisce in a memory. (while being reminded what a cassette recorder was.)
As shows go this was quite entertaining. Let’s face it this tour and show are a celebration of the music and that’s what we got. If you’ve seen the previous shows you’ll be familiar with the characters as we see the adventures that Bobby and Laura, Norma and Sue, and Donna and Luke (the group’s manager) go through together, including a season at Butlins, and an appearance at The Eurovision Song Contest. It’s not the most in depth story you’ll find and mostly finds reason to link songs, nor will it be the most elaborate staging, but it didn’t need to be.
We got some cliché links into songs with some well scripted lines but once it was in song it was great. I enjoyed the music and performances from the first chord but I grew to love this show more and more as it went on. I was tapping the feet and hands as well as miming along throughout.
Our leads David Ribi and Elizabeth Carter were endearing as loved up couple Bobby and Laura and provided some fabulous moments both indiviually and as a duo. But I have to say all the cast we saw were great with all of them singing and also getting individual moments to show off their voices, alongside playing instruments and singing live.
While the staging was simple, wherever we were at the youth club, Butlins, or the Eurovision Song Contest we as the audience were immersed into the scene which I thought was a nice touch.
David Benson gets a mention especially for his portrayal of Kenneth Williams and brought plenty of laughs in a scene late on in the show, which garnered a big response from the audience.
Anthony Costa (yes of boyband Blue), played his role well as manager Larry and proved he has a good voice in the songs he got to do. I would of liked to see a little more of him singing, but he was limited due to his roles.
If you’re not a fan or know of the music then this may not be for you, but if you do then grab a seat and bring on back the good times to an era not yet forgotten. I’d be keen on seeing it again if another show comes again as it is an enjoyable night.
Dreamboats and Petticoats plays at Newcastle Theatre Royal from Mon 25 – Sat 30 Apr 2022. Tickets are priced from £15.00 and can be purchased at www.theatreroyal.co.uk or from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 0191 232 7010.