Grease certainly is the word on everyone’s lips as a phenomenal young cast set the stage ablaze with a high energy, sizzling production of this hugely popular musical now on UK tour.

This version co-produced by Curve (Leicester) is everything you want from the hit musical, with additional scenes and musical numbers that give the production a cool, edgy spin whilst retaining all of the electrifying joy from the original.

Most people know the story – one summer the innocent, shy girl Sandy falls in love with the outgoing leader of the pack Danny, who turns out to be a little bit different around his friends when they re-unite on the first day of a new year at school. Surrounded by all the usual High School drama – relationship trauma, fights, fall outs and simply trying to fit in, the two find their way back to each other after a roller-coaster ride of emotions.

An exceptional 25-strong cast present a high octane, energetic version of the 1971 teen hit musical love story by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey without missing a beat. This larger than life cast fill every inch of the stage with sharp, complex choreography from Arlene Phillips, with every second of action intricately and skillfully sculpted by Nikolai Foster. The entire production from the impressive maneuverable set and costumes by Colin Richmond is of the highest standard.

The opening number Grease is the word is one of the strongest starts you will ever see to a musical theatre production, and other company numbers follow suit We Go Together and Hand Jive being particular highlights. Whilst there are other musical numbers that some may not recognise from the film or original productions, no Grease fan will leave this production disappointed, all of your iconic favourites Summer Nights, Hopelessly devoted to you and There Are Worse Things I Could Do are still included.

The entire cast are likeable and believable in their roles. Dan Partridge is a cool customer as Danny Zuko, a triple threat complimented by the pack of Burger Place Boys, hilariously portrayed by Alex Christian (Doody), Josh Barnett (Roger), and Cristian Zaccarni (Sonny). Paul French is the intimidatingly slick Kenickie, who leads the gang in an incredible version of Greased Lightning. 

Georgia Louise is perfect and truly believable as Sandy Dumbrowki, with an incredible voice and played with the right mixture of purity and pluck. The Pink Ladies are headed up by Tendai Rinomhota who portrayed both brawn and vulnerability as Betty Rizzo, with Marianna Neofitou as the sweet, bubbly Frenchy, Maeve Byrne as Jan (who provides us with much comedy, especially in Mooning opposite Josh Barnett) and Inez Budd as the sophisticated Marty.

Thea Bunting also has a hugely important role to play as Patty Simcox, and is often at the forefront of big dance numbers, and Jacob Fisher too deserves a mention as he was a hilarious Teen Angel and Vince Fontaine with an amazing voice.

With incredible music supervision and arrangement from Sarah Travis, a phenomenal live band and music direction by Dan Glover, we challenge anyone not to sing along to the mega-mix at the end.

A strong vision from Nikolai Foster makes this production stylish, fresh and the most energetic you will see. The whole production is a treat from start to finish, the production team have created an exceptional touring version that will delight UK audiences this Autumn.

This version of Grease is the one that I want, and we know it will be the one that you want too.

Grease plays The Regent Theatre Stoke until 4 September 2021 – book your tickets here…

About Author /

Kath is an actor, singer and writer with a passion for theatre. She has been reviewing for At The Theatre since 2014. Kath has a Masters in Performance at Liverpool Hope University and is Creative Engagement Worker for B arts, a participatory arts organisation.

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