In this new production, the original plot is followed but the dialogue doesn’t intrude too much into the music. There are around eighteen numbers, with some from the movie which were not in the original stage show (notably “Grease” and “You’re the one that I want”) and a couple which were not in the film.
The singing and the dancing is lively and the energy levels are high throughout. George Olney is excellent as Teen Angel. He also acts the part of the seedy DJ “Vince Fontaine” with skill. Tom Senior’s performance of “Greased Lighting” was the show stopper of the evening. Danielle Hope as “Sandy” gave a professional performance. Tom Parker is in fact, excellent in his first theatrical role.
The staging was great, the choreography very good and the band were excellent too. In the programme there is honesty about the intent of the show “Grease doesn’t have a message, what it’s really about is having fun”. The show cheers you up and gets everyone feet tapping. Danny and Sandy’s duet, You’re the One that I Want, was as popular with the audience as you would expect and Louisa Lytton as bad girl Rizzo nailed her solo performance.
The director David Gilmore hit just the right note with a melody of all the favourites to end the colourful and energetic show. It is clear to see how the musical is one of the most successful of all time and it may be 40 years on but Grease the Musical is still the one that we want. So dust off your leather jackets, sit back and enjoy.
Written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, directed by David Gilmore and choreographed by Arlene Phillips , designed by Terry Parsons, with costumes by Andreane Neofitou.
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