1960s musical icon Mark Wynter takes a special guest star role when the rock and roll musical Dreamboats and Petticoats returns to Nottingham’s Theatre Royal from November 25-30.
Dreamboats and Petticoats is a show that offers a whirl round the jukebox of one of the most dynamic musical decades.
Mark Wynter, fresh from his run in the show at London’s Wyndham’s Theatre last winter, is to perform classic hits Venus In Blue Jeans, Go Away Little Girl and It’s Almost Tomorrow for the first time on tour in 50 years.
Mark is delighted to be returning to his musical roots by joining the cast of Dreamboats and Petticoats on tour, revisiting the magical time in the early 60s, when he made his professional debut.
Mark 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 80 weeks in the hit parade.
In the mid 60s, pop star Mark 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 have real success in musicals such as Charlie Girl, Phantom of the Opera, Cats, South Pacific, Barnum, and many more, mixing them with a dramatic career that started when he starred in Barry England’s Conduct Unbecoming at the Queens Theatre.
His movies include… Just for Fun, The Haunted House of Horrors and Red.
Despite yearly offers, Mark has never joined his fellow Hit Parade stars of pop’s favourite era, and gone out in any of the hugely successful 60’s revival tours.
“My career as an actor just took up too much of my time” he said.
“And to be honest, I was never really interested in having my 20 minutes in the spotlight on a revival show singing my hits.”
Until now, when Mark says he gets the best of both worlds! At the request of his fan and friend, show producer Bill Kenwright, he will join the cast, this time playing the father of a wannabe pop star.
However, every night for the finale of the show he will become Mark Wynter, and for the first time in five decades sing his hits.
In the show, it is 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 shy Laura is no slouch on the piano, love,and rock ‘n’ roll fame beckon.
The show premiered in 2009 and is written by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, the team behind Goodnight Sweetheart, Birds of a Feather, Shine On Harvey MoonThe New Statesman, and of course, Dreamboats and Petticoat’s sequel, Save the Last Dance For Me.
For tickets, call 0115 9895555.
and is produced by Bill Kenwright and Laurie Mansfield in association with Universal Music.
Featuring the classic tracks 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 from music’s golden era.
Creative Credits: Directed by Bob Tomson; Musical Supervision by Keith Strachan; Choreography by Carole Todd; Designed by Sean Cavanagh; Lighting Designed by Mark Howett; Sound Designed by Ben Harrison; Executive Producer Brian Berg.
LOCAL LISTINGS INFORMATION
DREAMBOATS AND PETTICOATS
Theatre Royal Nottingham
Monday 25 - Saturday 30 Nov 2013
Performance Times: Evenings 7.30pm, Weds matinee 2pm, Sat matinee 2.30pm
Tickets: £34.50 - £16 plus concessions
Box Office: 0115 989 5555