By Sophia Whitfield
So ingrained into our psyche is the film, made famous by John Travolta and Olivia Newton John some 35 years ago, that it is always hard to trump the original. But it has been a while since Grease, the stage musical, graced our theatres, making this latest production a coveted piece of musical theatre.
Grease packs a punch; itís loud, frenetic and has a fair bit of sparkle. Terry Parsonís†set design is terrific with the band on stage, but mostly hidden. The audience gets to see the band at the start of the show, a reminder that this is a production driven by the familiarity of the music.
Rob Mills plays Danny with energy, partnered with Gretel Scarlett, the ever so proper and very Australian Sandy. Todd McKenney is one of the most popular cast members with the audience, belting out Beauty School Dropout as Teen Angel, covered head to toe in sparkles. There is even a brief deviation from Grease to The Boy From Oz. It is a highlight.
Anthony Callea, Australian Idol runner-up, plays Johnny Casino entertaining Rydell High students with his rendition of Born to Hand Jive at their annual dance off.
It is an entertaining production with familiar tunes. The dance numbers are upbeat and fun. Grease Lightning is always a favourite; the high energy song and dance number is performed with gusto by Stephen Mahy as Kenicke around the T- Birdís fabulous car. The Pink Ladies are led by a spirited Rizzo, played by Lucy Maunder.
Grease is a terrific night out with additional pre-show entertainment. It is currently playing at the Sydney Lyric.
We are currently reading Questions of Travel by Michelle de Kretser.On January 24, 2013
Take a look at the latest clip from The Walk. Philippeís mentor Papa Rudy (Ben Kingsley) urges him to use a safety line to make his historic walk between the...On October 9, 2015
We are rather partial to films about writers. All that angst and self importance makes for an interesting character. Who better to capture it then Jason Schwartzman, the darling of...On March 27, 2015
There are three sides to every story.On October 10, 2012
Looking for the perfect outing for the school holidays? The Langham, Sydney has it covered with a sophisticated morning tea to treat your child to the finer things in life.On September 11, 2013
You and a friend could be heading out for a night at the theatre to see Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney. Enter now...On October 13, 2015