Grease Opening Night Sydney Review and After Party

October 23rd, 2013



Grease The Musical Opening Night Sydney Review and After Party photos images story:  MiSociety
Sydney 17 October 2013

Grease Is The Word and Still Rockin’ it in the Aisles
Grease is still the word with every “doo up diddy diddy” crazy hair and even crazier 50s fashion is back on stage for Australian ‘Summer Nights’.  ‘Sandy’, ‘Hopelessly Devoted To You’, Look At Me I’m Sandra Dee’ continue to swirl around one’s head along with one of the highlight scenes of the show ‘Greased Lightnin’. 

Grease was originally penned for stage as a send up of American school life back in the golden days of rock ‘n’ roll before becoming the smash hit movie in 1978.  It was lively and fun back then and still is today with the opening night in Sydney bringing back not only memories but good old fashioned entertainment. 

Rob Mills (Danny) is riding the crest of a wave on the Australian stage and even though his voice is not remarkable he never fails to hit the right note in his performances.  Gretel Scarlett (Sandy) having previously earned her stripes in Mamma Mia and Wicked amongst other shows demonstrates here the benefits of being trained as both a classical singer and dancer.

Bert Newton (Vince Fontaine) sporting hilarious mile high hair slides on and off stage in his booth filling in the audience on progress while Val Lehman (Miss Lynch) takes on the persona of the dowager teacher with all the skill honed from her many years on stage and screen.   

Stephen Mahy (Kenickie) is a young man with a huge future lending his talents to this role to rival the performance of the late Jeff Conaway in the movie version.  Another stand out was Lucy Maunder (Rizzo) who took on the brazen but vulnerable character beautifully and whose career will continue to skyrocket.

Anthony Callea (Johnny Casino) again packs a huge punch with his performance and perfected vocals here and he really is becoming a talent that will stand the test of time. 

Todd McKenney (Teen Angel) leapt onto the stage all mauve hair and amazing white suit and grabbed the entire audience in one hand – Todd McKenney – the master of ‘how its done’.

Grease this time around is alive with home grown talent, the can’t help but sing along music, fabulous staging and costumes has all the ingredients required for a damn good night at the theatre.  

Grease’s entire cast are all talented, enthusiastic and a really nice troupe as was so evident at the opening night after party where they all mingled, chatted and happily posed for photos after having just given a full on energetic performance on stage.  MiSociety is so grateful for the opportunity to meet and chat with one of the nicest cast of performers we have ever met.  Well done all – loves ya work.

  • SYDNEY Sydney Lyric From 13 October 2013
  • MELBOURNE Her Majesty’s Theatre From 2 January 2014

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