This whirl round the jukebox of one of the most dynamic musical decades stars musical legend Mark Wynter – fresh from his celebrated run in the show at London’s Wyndham’s Theatre last winter – who is set 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 an extraordinary 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.
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 60s revival tours.
“My career as an actor just took up too much of my time” he says “And to be honest, I was never really interested in having my 20 minutes in the spotlight on a revival show singing my hits,” he said.
Until now, when Mark says he gets the best of both worlds!
At the request of his fan and friend Bill Kenwright he will join the cast of Britain’s favourite 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 of course the legendary Venus in Blue Jeans, Goffin and Kings – Go Away Little Girl 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 of course, 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.
It can be seen at Chesterfield from September 30 to October 5. Go to http://www.chesterfieldtheatres.co.uk for more details.