GREASE ★★★★ Dominion Theatre | May 3 - Oct 29, 2022


Welcome back to Rydell High School! It's "Summer Nights" and everyone's favourite feel-good musical is here! This is an evening of non-stop great music and super high-energy production numbers. Some of the references are obscure and straight out of 1950's America, but it really doesn't matter if you don't know who Sandra Dee is, or never heard of Doris Day or Debbie Reynolds. No idea what the hand jive is? No problem. You'll be doing it with the cast in no time. This is a show that just carries the audience along on its buoyant, rock 'n' roll journey, and it's bound to get you dancing in your seat as if you were "Shakin' At The High School Hop." Songs like "Greased Lightnin'" and "You're The One That I Want" are just totally infectious, and this amazing cast absolutely bring them to life. Peter Andre is hilarious in his rendition of "Beauty School Drop Out" and Dan Partridge is totally cool as Danny Zuko, while Olivia Moore's Sandy is wonderfully winsome in the ballad "Hopelessly Devoted To You." Lizzy-Rose Esin-Kelly does a fine rendition of "Freddy My Love" and we thought Noah Harrison had the perfect 50's sound for "Mooning." Jake Reynolds' "Those Magic Changes" provides another highlight. The message of GREASE may be problematic and some of the references recondite, but the music and this production are electrifying entertainment. Time to get out your leather jacket, Brylcreem, and head on over to GREASE.

Rated: ★★★★

Reviewed by J.C.
Photo by Manuel Harlan.

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