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Review: Grease, Those Summer Nights

GreaseFollowing on from some superb musical theatre at Hanley’s Regent Theatre, Grease slid in to town this week

This 50’s set Rock & Roll classic has been a staple of everyone’s teenage years, and it was great to see it transformed from the silver screen to the theatre.

If you’ve somehow missed the many re-runs of the late 70’s film on TV, it revolves around an American High School romance between the lead characters Danny and Sandy.  The pair meet during their summer vacation but socially they’re poles apart.

If you’re familiar with the hit songs from the film then you’ll be pleased to know that the theatre production is chocked full of them!  Tom Parker, from the boy band Wanted, makes his stage début with a good solid performance as Danny.  His pop star background ensured that he delivered a punchy performance across the entire range of Danny’s songs.

Sandy was played by West End actress Danielle Hope and as you’d expect from such an accomplished theatre star she gave a truly fantastic performance.  From the soft ballad of Hopelessly Devoted to You to the upbeat tempo of You’re The One That I Want Danielle had the audience’s undivided attention.

The rest of the T-Bird and Pink Ladies gang were funny and endearing as you were swept along with the story.

From a choreography perspective the performance was spot on!  From the legendary hand jives to rival dance off’s the entire cast danced their socks off and flew around the stage.

Stand out solo performances that were particular highlights were Sandy’s performance of Hopelessly Devoted to You, which brought back memories of singing into a hairbrush many years ago, Rizzo’s performance of There are Worst Things I can Do and Danny’s Standing in the Drive in.  Without spoiling anything there are some great visual effects that really added to impact of the performance. The stage set up was cleverly done and it was nice to see the orchestra in a more unusual position.

For the finale the set switches from the fairground of the original film to a 50’s diner.  Despite the change of venue Danny and Sandy bring back all of those teenage memories as they woo each other one final time.

Grease is the One That You Want and is on at The Regent Theatre until Saturday, May 27th.

To book tickets, visit www.atgtickets.com or call the box office on 0844 871 7649.

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