Grease The Musical
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Previewed 25 July 2007, opened 8 August 2007, closed 30 April 2011 at the Piccadilly Theatre in London
Grease is the Word!
Grease the Musical has proved that a musical love story, bursting with denim, cheerleaders, slick hairstyles, and raging teenage hormones is timeless - and now it's back in London!
"Highly entertaining" BBC Radio 1
Grease the Musical is the perfect outing for all the family - this slice of 50s Americana is guaranteed to have even granny hand jiving in the aisle! As leader of the T-Birds, the rebel Danny Zuko oozes sex appeal and can have any 'chick' he desires. High School is only an excuse to flirt with the 'bombshells', get up to mayhem and smoke cigarettes. Along comes Sandy Dumbrowski - a true beauty but a real square - and the chase is on!
Although the producers of Grease the Musical cannot guarantee the appearance of any particular artist, Ray Quinn is scheduled to perform in the role of 'Danny' up to 28 November 2009, subject always to illness and holidays. Please note: Ray Quinn will be on holiday from 24 August until 29 August 2009 inclusive and on 5 September 2009. Noel Sullivan is scheduled to take over the role of 'Danny' from 30 November 2009 up to July 2010.
"Top marks to Arlene Phillips' choreography. Awesome stuff!" The Daily Mirror
Everyone has his or her favourite Grease character. The Pink Ladies, led by the irresistible Rizzo, whose hobby is to eat men for breakfast - loud, sassy, feisty and plenty of sex appeal, this is one girl who likes living dangerously. Lovable Frenchy, who dreams of going to beauty school. Vince Fontaine, a smooth operator who leaves his female fans in near hysteria. Miss Lynch, the prudish Principal trying to keep a tight reign on all these hormones and failing miserably.
"A feel-good, pick-me-up musical" The Sunday Express
The stage version of the musical Grease features all the unforgettable songs from the hit film including 'You're The One I Want', 'Sandy', 'Grease Is The Word', 'Hopelessly Devoted' and many more!
"Prepare for dancing in the aisles, standing ovations and a stampede to the box office"
"Almost 30 years since the film was released, Grease is still the word. Maybe it is not also the way, the truth and the light, but it is certainly a deity of a kind, at least as far as its hundreds of thousands of fans are concerned... The production has kept not only its youthful good looks, but also its exuberance and curious sense of innocence. The fully-paid up members of the Grease cult will love this time capsule of a show, with its painstaking recreation of the look and feel of the 1950s, but I fancy a great many non-believers will also come out smiling because it is all so deliriously and hilariously camp... The clever, snobby, elitist riposte to Grease is to pronounce it no more than downmarket mush for the masses. Well, maybe, but it is also technically brilliant, the songs are irresistibly hummable." The Sunday Telegraph (August 2007)
"Grease is still the word" The Daily Mail
"As with Joseph, the production is a rehash rather than a shiny new showcase - David Gilmore's remorseless staging from 1993. Resistance is futile: every scene is shoved to the stage's front, and played fast, loud and amped to the max... This revival of Grease is clean, quick and comes with extra sauce." The Sunday Times (August 2007)
This major production of Grease in London originally featured a 'Danny Zuko' and 'Sandy Dumbrowski' that was choosen by the public through the television production Grease Is The Word which was broadcast on ITV during Spring 2007 - Danny Bayne was choosen to play 'Danny and Susan McFadden was choosen to play 'Sandy'. Susan left the production at the end of her contract on 14 June 2008. Danny Bayne will continue in his role and is contracted until 15 November 2008, subject to illness and holidays. His holiday dates are to be confirmed.
Grease in London at the Piccadilly Theatre previewed from 25 July 2007, opened on 8 August 2007 and closed on 30 April 2011.
Grease - 1993 to 2003
Previewed 5 July 1993, Opened 15 July 1993, Closed 19 October 1996 at the Dominion Theatre in London
Grease the Musical was originally staged in London at The New London Theatre in the 1970's. The show was then made into a movie that was released in 1978. The movie version was quite different to the original stage version and included a number of new songs. This 'new' stage version of Grease includes, for the first time, the 'songs from the film' including the hit songs 'Grease Is The Word', 'You're The One That I Want' and 'Hopelessly Devoted To You'.
The original 1993 production starred Craig McLachlan as 'Danny' and Debbie Gibson as 'Sandy'.
David Gilmore, the show's director says: "There's a huge audience of youngsters who know nothing about any theatre. That vast audience who go to discos, who go to Wembley for a rock concert, don't want to see plays. They're not interested. But they will go to see something where boys and girls come on stage wearing jeans and leather jackets, rocking and rolling. Perhaps I should say that this show is not a revival but a complete rethink and reworking. For various reasons. One is that since the original production the film has redefined what was there. The original show was written for a 150-seat community theatre in Chicago for a small cast. It went off-Broadway and then on Broadway. It survived as a small show, full of bad language; the characters were unattractive, to say the least. They'd come out and spit at the audience. Then came the film. Songs were added, which are now some of the best selling pop songs ever written, and the material was made acceptable to a wide general audience. With whom it obviously found favour. Here we are now, 20 years after, presenting it in one of the largest theatres in London, if not the largest, on a huge stage playing a hybrid version, if you like, of the text and the film and in a space for which the original material was not intended to work... We've had to bear in mind all along the danger that this enlarging might overblow the material. We're not pastiching the Fifties but in this large space it's Fifties that are more Fifties than you could ever remember. A production has to play the space it's in for everybody in that space, at the front or the back."