It’s now the sixties and the story of the Essex lot Bobby, Laura, Norman and Sue picks up where it left off, except the sugary dynamic of Bobby and Laura’s hit single ‘Dreamboats and Petticoats’ is losing its shine in an age where guitars now rule supreme. The show is high energy from the start, with a plethora of hits and classics from the era, entertaining enough even for those of us who (such as myself) never experienced the swingin’ sixties. Stand out voices include Louise Olley whose character Sue’s pregnant belly didn’t stop her belting out such an impressive vocal range.
Newcomer Alex Beaumont started with slight inhibitions but really came into his own with shiver-inducing performances of Smokey Robinson’s ‘You Really Got a Hold On Me’, supported by the whole cast with their dreamy acapella backing vocals. The numerous musical numbers are the real stars of the show, with a live band cleverly integrated into the storyline; saxophonists included, and beautifully arranged harmonies in the vocals.
With a storyline built largely around the countless live performances, the plot is straightforward, light-hearted and humorous, leaving the music to take centre stage and make the most of the cast’s talents. Although they took their final bow this Saturday at The Grand Theatre, the show will go on, touring around the country and re-visiting the North in neighbouring York from the 19th October.