Grease on the big stage is one fans want.
Byline: Grease the Musical Birmingham Hippodrome By Megan Archer REVIEW
Grease the Musical was just electrifyin' at Birmingham Hippodrome. Nearly everyone is familiar with the popular 1978 movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John - but do they know that Grease was first seen on stage in 1971? The musical, which is being performed in the city until August 24, has come so far in its nearly 50 years and definitely remains 'the one that you want'. The theatre show, directed by Nikolai Foster, is a little different from the famous movie.
The songs aren't in the same places and there are a few details changed to make it work for the stage, such as the elimination of the drag racing scene.
But overall it's the same, well-loved story, with all the popular tunes you just can't help but sing along to, such as Greased Lightning, Hopelessly Devoted to You, and Summer Lovin'. After a whirlwind summer romance, leather-clad greaser Danny and girlnext-door Sandy are unexpectedly reunited when she transfers to Rydell High for senior year. But they'll need to work to survive the trials and tribulations of teenage life to be able to find true love again. Dan Patridge was a cheeky, confident Danny Zuko, the leader of the Burger Palace Boys and full of bravado. Martha Kirby played the wholesome Sandy Dumbrowski, the perfect schoolgirl determined to fit in at wild Rydell.
Rhianne-Louise McCalulsky was an impressive Betty Rizzo - proud, tough and sarcastic - while Louis Gaunt played a loyal and cocky Kenickie, Zuko's best friend. The Pink Ladies and Burger Palace Boys were colourful, sassy and hilarious. Peter Andre got the crowd, quite literally, screaming as the all-white, pink wing-clad Teen Angel. Grease is a musical that just leaves you wanting more.
It runs until Saturday, August 24.
Louis Gaunt as Kenickie, centre, during one of the show's fast-paced musical numbers at the Hippodrome