A SIMPLE PLOT

Danny and Sandy met during the summer holidays and they fell in love. Later, when school begins, they discover they are class mates.

In school Danny acts like an unsentimental stud and she is as pure and virgin as Sandra Dee, but with the help of the “Pink Ladies” she’s gonna change and love will win the day.

THE PARTY OF A LIFETIME

When this show opened on Broadway, back in 1972, it broke all previous records, becoming the longest running musical in history. Later, in 1978, the movie adaptation was a huge hit and gave a big kick on the careers of John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. Now it’s time for the London ’s West End to see a brand new production of that show, one that not only brings all the classic songs of the original, but also the ones specially written for the movie. The result is another huge hit, to which it’s almost impossible to get tickets.

The main reason for such a success is the joy of living and the contagious rhythm of this new version. Being in the theatre is like being at a party, not only on stage but everywhere, with the audience cheering and screaming at every scene.

 

Director David Gilmore takes the best of the simple plot and of the young talented cast, giving the show a breath of fresh hair. From the fabulous sets (the number “Beauty School Dropout” is almost a match to the finale of CRAZY FOR YOU), not only how they look but also how they’re used (the drive-in, is a terrific example of what I’m saying), to the enthusiastic joy of the cast, with perfect comic timing and a funny sense of humor. This revival is probably the best production of GREASE ever to be staged.

 

The best numbers are the simplest ones: the amusing “Those Magic Changes”, with the boys leaving the showers singing and with just a towel around their waist (very hot!) and the fabulous first act finale with “We Go Together”. A real exciting party with just a small problem, the dancers should have been more synchronized. What the hell, I forgive them!

As for the cast, well, Sally Ann Triplett is a revelation as Rizzo and I’m sure that Debbie Gibson and Craig McLachlan will double their fame. Both are perfect in their roles and there’s real chemistry between the two.

So come on, join the party. You won’t regret it!!!

SALLY ANN TRIPLETT

JOHN COMBE • CHARLOTTTE AVERY

SHANE RICHIE • JO BINGHAM

RICHARD CALKIN • LIZ EWING

DREW JAYMSON • TAMZIN OUTHWAITE

ANDREW KENNEDY

Book, Music and Lyrics by Jim Jacobs & Warren Casey

Additional songs by B. Gibb, J. Farrar, L. St.Louis & S. Simon

Musical Staging and Choreography by
Arlene Phillips

Directed by David Gilmore

Photos © Michael Le Poer Trench            Rated by Jorge: +++++