In my 26 years of living I am yet to see the movie Grease the whole way through! Obviously I’m aware of the hit songs which feature in the movie including Summer Nights, You’re The One That I Want & Hopelessly Devoted To You which all feature in the musical!
The show at the Theatre Royal Brighton opened with a song from the orchestra to get everyone in the mood, before Danny & Sandy entered the stage to sing Sandy, followed by Grease Is The Word by the full company!
When we were waiting for the show to start, I did think the stage was pretty bare and did think it would be a lot bigger and better (but . . . . don’t judge a book by its cover! The stage changed multiple times and even included a car!)
Danny Zuko is played by The Wanted’s Tom Parker! I know from seeing him on TV and in interviews he has a thick Northern accent, so wasn’t sure how he would pull off the “American Jock” but he definitely got away with it!
Danielle Hope who rose to fame by winning Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Over The Rainbow BBC talent contest, plays the lead role of Sandy the new girl at Rydell High School! Hope played this role fantastically and the role really suited her! The chemistry between Tom Parker & Danielle Hope on stage was believable and they had some really funny scenes together.
Someone I was really looking forward to seeing on stage was Louisa Lytton! You probably recognise her as Ruby Allen from Eastenders or from her stint on the show Strictly Come Dancing, but I have actually worked with her before on a film! Long story short, I was an extra in a film (I will do a whole other post on my previous life as an actor lol) but I met Louisa on set of the film The Knot! Lytton plays the role of Rizzo and was probably my favourite character! Absolute bitch and played so well!
The show wouldn’t have been the same without the other members of The Pink Ladies and the T Birds! Rhiannon Chesterman as Frenchy, Lauren Atkins as Marty & Rosanna Harris as Jan with Tom Senior as Kenickie, Ryan Keenan as Doody, Oliver Jacobson as Roger and Michael Cortez as Sonny all did a fantastic job and glued the show together!
Not only did the audience give a standing ovation, but they were actually dancing along and copying the cast during the final songs! Obviously not me as I need about 10 G&Ts before I dance but the majority of the stalls level were up on their feet and rightly so as it was a fantastic show!
Perfect for the whole family and would make a great Christmas present!
Grease The Musical has an extended Christmas run at the Theatre Royal Brighton for 3 weeks, closing on the 31st December 2017 with evening shows, matinees and Saturday & Sunday shows! Book NOW to avoid disappointment! And remember Grease Is The Word.