Dreamboats and Petticoats is a swinging jukebox musical that will transport you away to the rock 'n' roll 1960s for the time of your life. Based on one of the biggest selling albums of the decade, the musical is penned by the creators of hit shows such as 'Goodnight Sweetheart' and 'Birds of a Feather' and features a brand new original story in London's West End. The show features a wealth of famous songs from Roy Orbison, The Shadows and Chuck Berry that will have you dancing in the aisles along with the hugely talented cast and live band. Over a million people have seen the show in London's West End and on tour, the the musical proves that rock and roll music is alive and kicking!
In 1961 the kids of the social club are excited to watch Norman and Bobby compete in a national song-writing contest, as well as trying to attract the attentions of sassy Sue. Bobby discovers that Laura has a hidden talent for playing the piano and decides to help him win the contest. Together they compose sweet music, and Bobby slowly begins to notice the girl behind the glasses. But unfortunately for Laura, Sue begins to notice Bobby...
The musical features a soundtrack of hit songs such as 'Da Do Ron Ron', 'Let's Twist Again', 'At the Hop' and 'Teenager in Love'.
The success story of male harmony group The Overtones is as sweetly old fashioned as their vocal and sartorial styling. London Calling talked to Darren from the group about their forthcoming Christmas show and their seasonal album, Good Ol’ Fashioned Christmas.
From this Friday, Southbank Centre hosts its second BAM festival, dedicated to ideas around Being a Man. The rest of this week’s interesting events are all about women. The more gender-fluid need not despair: this is London after all...
Darius Campbell is a leading performer of West End musicals, remembered for a real life underdog story that took him from talent show wannabe to number one recording artist. He is about to perform as Nicky Arnstein in the musical Funny Girl alongside Sheridan Smith, at the Menier Chocolate Factory and later the Savoy Theatre.
Clive Rowe is the only actor to be nominated for an Olivier Award for playing a pantomime dame. This Christmas he is taking up the frock once more in Jack and the Beanstalk at the Hackney Empire. London Calling asked him some questions about panto and theatre.
Whiplash Dreams is set to become the first cinematically-released album in history. It is a soundtrack of 12 songs that narrates the final months of a failing relationship between a couple who have moved from Brighton to the anonymity of London. The move fails to revive the ever-more-distant couple and their lives start to unravel further… LC talked to songwriter (and ex-London Calling employee) Jason Bavanandan about the inspiration behind the film and the motivations in releasing music this way.