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Dreamboats and Petticoats – De Montfort Hall, Leicester

Writers: Laurence Marks &Maurice Gran Director: Bob Tomson Reviewer: Bethaney Rimmer [Rating:3] Inspired by the popular albums of the same name, Dreamboats and Petticoats is a jukebox musical full of timeless rock n roll classics. Featuring hits such as Teenager in Love, Do You Wanna Dance, and Let’s Twist Again, this show certainly delivers if you’re looking for a nostalgia-inducing ...

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Carnaby Street – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Writers: Carl Leighton-Pope and Robert Johns Director: Bob Tomson Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:3] Carnaby Street is the latest in the lengthening sequence of nostalgia-driven jukebox musicals. It treads a well-worn path, consisting of a string of hits, this time from the 60s, tacked together with the flimsiest of links and slightest of plots. In this offering, we meet a hopeful ...

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Carnaby Street The Musical – Opera House,Manchester

Writer: Carl Leighton-Pope Director: Bob Tomson Reviewer: Laura Ord [Rating:3.5] Not a single person in the audience is immune to the toe tapping, hand clapping sing along experience that is Carnaby Street The Musical, which follows the dreams and aspirations of wannabe pop star Jude (played by Matthew Wycliffe) and his friend Penny Lane (Verity Rushworth) as they move from ...

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Blood Brothers – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Book, Music and Lyrics: Willy Russell Directors: Bob Tomson and Bill Kenwright Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:5] “Why couldn’t I be like Eddie?”, Mickey Johnstone seems to be crying at the climax of this musical, jealous of his friend’s advantages in life. Mickey is from the wrong side of the tracks and near the end of a seemingly inevitable downward spiral. ...

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Blood Brothers – New Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Bob Tomson Reviewer: Jacqui Onions [rating:4.5] “Did you ever hear the story of the Johnston twins? As like each other as two new pins. How one was kept and one given away. How they were born and they died on the self-same day.” Whether new to the story or if Blood Brothers is a firm favourite, ...

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Cinderella – Cliffs Pavilion, Southend On Sea

Writer: Jon Conway Director: Bob Tomson Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:3] EastEnders’ Alfie Moon may be more used to pubs than palace ballrooms, but Shane Ritchie’s Buttons seems equally at home in either. Ritchie gets an uproarious reaction on his entrance and it’s clear the Southend audiences love the comedian turned soap actor. In fact, such is his popularity that this ...

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Blood Brothers – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Music/Lyrics: Willy Russell Director: Bob Tomson, Bill Kenwright Reviewer: Lu Greer [rating:4.0]   When the curtain opens onto the scene of two bodies and a crowd of mourners it seems a reasonable guess to say that Blood Brothers will be a tragic show. As the spot light falls on Marti Pellow this assumption would appear to be confirmed as he ...

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Blood Brothers- Civic Theatre, Darlington

Music/Lyrics: Willy Russell Book: Willy Russell Director: Bob Tomson, Bill Kenwright Reviewer: Lindsay Sykes [rating:4.5] Blood Brothers is a haunting, beautifully tragic show, with genuine humour and pure emotion it begins at the end and then goes on to tell the story of how we got there. Currently in its last few weeks in London’s West End, the tour continues ...

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