Musical legend Mark Wynter is set to star in the hit-packed Dreamboats and Petticoats, which will visit The Regent Theatre between Monday, 14 October and Saturday, 19 October.
Fresh from his celebrated run in the show at London’s Wyndham’s Theatre last winter, the 60’s musical icon, who was hardly out of the charts from August 1960 until the end of 1963 and had nine singles chart hits, will 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.
In the mid 60’s 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.
At the request of his fan and friend Bill Kenwright he will join the cast of the rock ‘n roll musical Dreamboats and Petticoats – 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 including the legendary ‘Venus in Blue Jeans,’ and his 1963 revival of The Dreamweaver’s ‘It’s Almost Tomorrow.’
In 1961 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.
Since premiering in Bromley in 2009 and having played to more than two million people across the UK, Dreamboats and Petticoats, inspired by Universal’s multi-million selling album series (now boasting six double compilation albums and a myriad of one off special releases) features some of the greatest songs of the rock ‘n’ roll era, when each passing week brought another classic track.
Written by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, the team behind Goodnight Sweetheart, Birds of a Feather, The New Statesman, Shine on Harvey Moon and 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.
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.
Tickets are now on sale and are available in person from The Regent Theatre Box Office, by calling 0844 871 7649 or visiting www.atgtickets.com/stoke.