Wynter’s involvement with the retro jukbox musical adds authenticity to its early-Sixties pop-world setting. He was a regular fixture on the UK charts from August 1960 until the end of 1963, during which time he had nine hit singles, spending eighty weeks in what was then referred to as ‘the hit parade’.
After his pop career had run its course, Wynter switched gear to become a successful musical theatre performer.
He made his West End debut in the musical Phil the Fluter at the Palace Theatre, and has since appeared in shows including Charlie Girl, The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, South Pacific and Barnum. He’s also performed in straight drama productions including Conduct Unbecoming at the Queens Theatre, and in movies including The Haunted House of Horrors, Red and Sixties teen flick Just for Fun.
Unlike many of his contemporaries, Wynter has never capitalised on his Sixties pop fame. “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.”
But Dreamboats and Petticoats has proved too apt a vehicle for Wynter to resist. He’s playing the dad of a would-be chart sensation in the show. But for its nightly finale he will become Mark Wynter, pop star, and for the first time in five decades sing his classic hits, including Venus in Blue Jeans, Go Away Little Girl and Its Almost Tomorrow.