PREVIEW: Dreamboats and Petitcoats, Sunderland Empire, January 16 to 21

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ROCK ’N’ ROLL classics will blow away the January blues when Dreamboats and Petitcoats hits the stage at the Sunderland Empire next month.

The show – inspired by the million-selling compilation albums – is heading to Wearside after a phenomenal success in the West End, featuring X-Factor contestant Terry Winstanley.

Producers set about creating the show after the first four albums from the Dreamboats and Petitcoats series sold two million copies and spent several weeks at Number One in the compilation album charts, proving British audiences hot on music nostaglia.

Described as “an evening of pure hedonistic affection for a more innocent era, when love was young and so was rock ‘n’ roll, the show features young musicians Norman and Bobby competing to win a national song writing competition – and the attention of a young lady named Sue.

When Bobby discovers that shy girl Laura is no slouch on the piano, love and rock ‘n’ roll fame beckons.

Dreamboats was written by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, the team behind Goodnight Sweetheart, Birds of a Feather and Shine On Harvey Moon.

Set in 1961, it features songs from Roy Orbison, The Shadows, Eddie Cochran, Billy Fury, Chuck Berry and others.

The show premiered in Bromley’s Churchill Theatre in February 2009 and, after selling-out a return there in the November, saw a national tour extended throughout 2011 and 2012.

Tickets are priced from £15.50 to £29.50, with Premium Seats available. To book, tel. 0844 871 3022 or visit www.ATGtickets.com/Sunderland. Booking fees apply.

Groups of 10 or more can save up to £6 per ticket by calling 0844 871 3042.