Grease is an absolute classic – most of you will have seen the 1978 film starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John right?
Well, for the first time in 25 years, a brand new production is touring the UK! It achieved a sell-out eight-week run at Curve Theatre in Leicester and is now appearing in a variety of different venues.
The show is produced by Colin Ingram, directed by Nikolai Foster and choreographed by Strictly Come Dancing’s Arlene Phillips.
The small role of Teen Angel is being shared by Peter Andre and Ore Oduba, which is a bit of a swizz for any Peter Andre fan who booked tickets before his show dates were announced. Dan Partridge plays Danny, having already starred in swagger-filled roles including Link in Hairspray. Martha Kirby is making her professional debut straight out of drama school, so it’ll be interesting to see how she does! Louis Gaunt stars as Kenickie and Rhianne-Louise McCaulsky plays Rizzo.
Director Nikolai Foster said: “Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey’s musical is an electrifying celebration of the birth of cool and teenage culture. It provides a gripping snapshot of a country on the cusp of social change, all set to one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll scores ever written.
“This cast are going to blow audiences’ minds with their edge, life-force and sheer exuberance. Just as the 1950s kids who heralded the birth of the teenage movement, these talented young people will breathe new life into this terrific musical.”
Who knows what a ‘new production’ entails and how far the show will push the boundaries in a bit to be different. One thing’s for sure – I can’t wait!
The show is on at Leeds Grand Theatre until 20th July so it’s a long and exciting run!
Photograph credited to Seamus Ryan