Grease Is The Word
David Ian is producing a new West End production of Grease the Musical which will play at The Piccadilly Theatre in London from 25 July 2007. David wants YOU, the public, to help him choose who will play the lead roles of 'Danny' and 'Sandy' through the television programme ITV Grease is the Word!
Congratulations Danny Bayne and Susan McFadden - you're playing the lead roles of 'Danny' and 'Sandy' in the new West End stage production of Grease the Musical - rehearsals start next week and public preview performances at The Piccadilly Theatre in London start on 25 July 2007. ALL THE BEST!!
David says that his "sole aim is to find the best Danny and Sandy we possibly can for a West End show that I've got millions of pounds invested in. They need to be able to sing dance and act. They need to be attractive; and I mean that in a general sense of the word. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder but these two people are acknowledged by their peers to be very attractive, desirable human beings. On top of that I always say that Danny works if he's got bucket loads of charm; he can't exist without charm. Think about John Travolta in that movie and what attracted everybody to him was his charm and humour. And Sandy needs vulnerability and sweetness. You fancy her like mad but you also want to protect her."
To help, David has also selected a panel of Judges - choreographer Brian Friedman, showbiz impresario David Gest and singer and actress Sinitta.
The Search For Danny and Sandy...
Saturday 9 June 2007: The Grand Final The seventh week of the live Grease is the Word television shows. This week the two remaining 'Sandy' hopefuls - Michelle Antrobus and Susan McFadden - the the two remaining 'Danny' hopefuls - Anthony Kavanagh and Danny Bayne - competed for the chance to play the lead roles of 'Danny' and 'Sandy' in the new West End production of Grease the Musical at London's Piccadilly Theatre from 25 July 2007. The television show opened with three songs from the stage musical Grease. First, all four remaining finalists gave an ensemble version of 'Grease is the Word'. This was then followed by the two remaining 'Sandy' hopefuls, Michelle and Susan, singing 'Hopelessly Devoted', and then the two remaining 'Danny' hopefuls, Anthony and Danny B, singing 'Sandy'. Then each remaining finalist sung a solo number that they had choosen before joining each other on stage to sing joint renditions of two more songs from the show Grease as couples. The first song was 'Summer Loving' which paired up Anthony with Susan and Danny B with Michelle. After a short pre-recorded sequence that showed the four finalists performing brief scenes from Grease in front of some of the stage cast. Then it was back, live, to the studio when the couples changed around for the second song, 'You're The One That I Want', thus Anthony performed with Michelle while Danny B performed with Susan. Then the moment of true arrived when the public telephone lines closed and Zoe Ball come on to the stage to announce the winners! With Michelle Antrobus and Susan McFadden joining her on stage, Zoe announced that the role of 'Sandy' had been won by Susan! Then, after a few brief words from both of them, Michelle left the stage, leaving Susan. Zoe invited both Anthony Kavanagh and Danny Bayne back on to the stage, Zoe then announced that the role of 'Danny had been won by Danny! The programme then concluded with Danny B and Susan joining together and singing 'We Go Together'! Congratulations Danny and Susan - you're playing the lead roles in the new West End stage production of Grease the Musical - rehearsals start next week and public preview performances at The Piccadilly Theatre in London start on 25 July 2007 - All the Best!!
Saturday 2 June 2007: The sixth week of the live Grease is the Word television shows was the Semi Final for the role of 'Sandy' when the four remaining 'Sandy' hopefuls - Alison Crawford, Michelle Antrobus, Susan McFadden and Vicky Hoyles - competed for just two places in the Grand Final on 9 June 2007. First each of the remaining four Sandy hopefuls sung an Uptempo song after which it was up to the Judging Panel alone - David Ian, Brian Friedman, David Gest and Sinitta - with no public voting, to decide who was going to be the first Danny finalist to be knocked out this evening. The Panel decided to eliminate Alison. Then each of the three remaining Sandy finalists sung a Ballad. Shortly afterwards the public telephone voting lines where closed and Zoe Ball announced that the finalist with the least number of public votes, and therefore the second hopeful to be knocked out this evening, was Vicky - leaving Susan and Michelle to battle it out next week for the lead West End role of 'Sandy' in the musical Grease.
Saturday 26 May 2007: The fifth week of the live Grease is the Word television shows was the Semi Final for the role of 'Danny' when the four remaining 'Danny' hopefuls - Anthony Kavanagh, Danny Bayne, Danny Rhodes and Michael Quinn - competed for just two places in the Grand Final on 9 June 2007. The programme opened with an ensemble version of 'Greased Lightening' from the musical Grease. Then each of the four remaining Danny hopefuls sung an Uptempo song after which it was up to the Judging Panel alone - David Ian, Brian Friedman, David Gest and Sinitta - with no public voting, to decide who was going to be the first Danny finalist to be knocked out this evening. David Ian told Danny R: "We're casting a role. Danny Zuko is totally cool and the audience just wouldn't see you in that part." Thus Danny R was knocked out, Danny said: "I came into the competition assuming I'd be able to overcome my speech problems. But I'm just not ready." Then each of the three remaining Danny finalists sung a Ballad. Shortly afterwards the public telephone voting lines where closed and Zoe Ball announced that the finalist with the least number of public votes, and therefore the second hopeful to be knocked out this evening, was Michael - leaving Anthony and Danny B to battle it out in two weeks time for the lead West End role of 'Danny' in the musical Grease.
Saturday 19 May 2007: The fourth week of the live Grease is the Word television programme. David Ian admitted to the remaining finalists that the judges "hadn't got it right with the pairs." Therefore this week the pairings where mixed up. David thought this would also help to see how the finalists coped with the change - "As a professional working in the theatre, you could come into work on any given day to find that your leading lady or leading man is unwell and not able to perform. You need to be able to go on stage, turn that chemistry on, and give the same performance." The song theme this week was love songs and after each of the new 'Danny and Sandy' couples had sung their songs and the public votes where added up, it was announced that the two couples with the least votes where Alison and Danny R along with Lauren and Bradley - thus these two couples had to face each other in the dreaded sing-off, when the judges could save only one pair. The song this week, which both couples had to sing as if they where playing Sandy and Danny, was the classic Grease song 'You're The One That I Want'. After both couples had sung the song, Sinitta, on behalf of the Judges, said that they wanted to save Alison and Danny, thus they both return for the next programme.
Saturday 12 May 2007: The third week of the live Grease is the Word television shows had the theme 'songs from the musical'. After each of the 'Danny and Sandy' hopefuls had sung their songs and the public votes where added up, it was announced that the two couples with the least votes where Wayne Smith and Hayley Clarke along with Bradley Clarkson and Michelle Antrobus - so they had to both perform the classic Grease song 'Summer Nights' as if they where Danny and Sandy. After the sing-off, David Ian, on behalf of the Judges, said: "We're not just looking for people who can sing a three minute pop song. This is about a couple who can sing, dance and act. On that basis, the couple we're saving tonight is Michelle and Bradley." Which meant that this week Hayley and Wayne where knocked out of the competition to be Danny and Sandy.
Saturday 5 May 2007: The second week of the live Grease is the Word television shows had the theme 'songs from the movies'. After each of the 'Danny and Sandy' hopefuls had sung their songs and the public votes where added up, it was announced that the two couples with the least votes where Richard Morgan and Joanna Power along with Michael Quinn and Vicky Hoyles - so they had to both perform the classic Grease song 'You're The One I Want' as if they where Danny and Sandy. After the sing-off, David Gest, on behalf of the Judges, announced that they would save Michael and Vicky, which meant that this week Richard and Joanna where knocked out of the competition to be Danny and Sandy.
Saturday 28 April 2007: The fourth programme, and the first of the live knock-out shows. This week it was revealed which Danny hopeful was goin to be paired with which Sandy hopeful - thus the pairing where announced as Anthony and Alison, Bradley and Michelle, Danny B and Susan, Danny R and Lauren, Michael and Vicky, Richard and Joanna, Tom and Kate and Wayne and Hayley. This week's theme was disco and after each of the couples had sung their disco classic the public voted for their favourite - when all the votes had been added up it was announced that the two couple with the least votes where Tom and Kate along with Bradley and Michelle so they had to each sing the classic Grease song 'You're The Once That I Want' - after both couples had sung, the Judges announced that they where going to save Bradley and Michelle - which meant that this week Tom and Kate where knocked out of the competition to be Danny and Sandy.
Saturday 21 April 2007: The third programme of Grease is the Word focused on the 'Bootcamp' when the various Danny and Sandy hopefuls where put through their paces by a number of professional teachers. In the end they where whittled down to just eight Danny hopefuls - Anthony Kavanagh, Bradley Clarkson, Danny Bayne, Danny Rhodes, Michael Quinn, Richard Morgan, Tom Bradley and Wayne Smith. And eight Sandy hopefuls - Alison Crawford, Hayley Clarke, Joanna Power, Kate Somerset-How, Lauren McConnell, Michelle Antrobus, Susan McFadden and Vicky Hoyles. Who will be paired up with who? That was going to be announced the following week.
Saturday 14 April 2007: The second programme of Grease is the Word focused on the continuing auditions for the roles of Sandy and Danny. This second programme attracted an average audience of 4.3 million viewers which gave it a 25.0% share of the audience. Any Dream Will Do on BBC1, which was broadcast slightly later the same evening, recorded an average of 6.1 million viewers, representing a 29.0% audience share.
Saturday 7 April 2007: The first programme of Grease is the Word focused on the initial auditions for the role of Danny and Sandy held in fron of the Judging Panel on the stage of the Shaftesbury Theatre in London's West End. This first programme was watched by an average audience of 4.0 million viewers, representing a 26.2% audience share. This compares with Any Dream Will Do on BBC1, which was broadcast slightly later, had an average audience of 5.9 million viewers, representing a 29.8% audience.
The Grease Is The Word Judging Panel:
David Ian David's career in theatre began as an actor in the West End playing such roles as 'Rocky' in The Rocky Horror Picture Show and 'Joseph' in Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. It was while appearing in The Pirates Of Penzance, at the London Palladium, that he met Paul Nicholas and together they began producing shows. Thus in 1993 David took his biggest gamble when he helped to finance the West End production of Grease at The Dominion Theatre starring Craig McLachlan and Debbie Gibson. The gamble paid off and the stage show is still playing to sell-out houses across the world. Since Grease David has produced and number of other hit shows, including co-producing (along with Andrew Lloyd Webber) the new production of The Sound of Music starring Connie Fisher as 'Maria' - who was selected via the television show How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?.
Brian Friedman Brian Friedman began his dance career at an early age in his home town of Scotsdale, Arizona. His mother Judi was a dance teacher and he inherited her passion for dance. As a dancer he has appeared with artists including Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, George Michael, Christina Aguilera, Paula Abdul and Destiny's Child. Brian then began to choreograph, working with some of the world's best known pop artists including Britney Spears, Usher, Beyonce, Pink, Fatboy Slim and Prince. He choreographed Britney Spears' videos for the singles I'm A Slave 4 U, Overprotected, I Love Rock'n'Roll and was also the main choreographer for her Dream Within A Dream tour. Brian has recently appeared on TV in both the US and UK, putting his choreography expertise to use as a judge on the Fox TV series, So You Think You Can Dance.
David Gest Now living in London full time, David Gest first came to prominence as a showbiz impresario producing a number of high profile one-off concerts such as Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration, The Solo Years which became the highest-rated musical special in TV history. Following his high-profile marriage, and subsequent divorce to the legendary Liza Minnelli, David appeared on the ITV reality show I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! in 2006. David is currently working on a new show for ITV, The David Gest Show, which is expected to be broadcast in later this year.
Sinitta Sinitta is best known for her first pop hit, So Macho, which reached No 2 in the charts and remained there for nine months, making it into the Guiness Book Of Records as the biggest selling single of the year. Sinitta's stage credits as a musical theatre actress include Cats the Musical at The New London Theatre, Little Shop of Horrors, David Essex's Mutiny, Michael Bogdonovichs' production of Hair at the Old Vic Theatre, Smokey Joe's Cafe and in the touring musical show What A Feelin. Interestingly Sinitta herself auditioned for a role in the stage musical Grease - in front of David Ian! Recently Sinitta was featured on The X Factor as Simon Cowell's Girl Friday, helping him choose and mentor his acts, such as last year's winner Leona Lewis. Sinitta was also seen strutting her stuff on Sky One's Cirque Du Celebrite.