I'm an actress and freelance writer living in North London
'Grease is the word!'
It certainly was during my childhood, I longed to be Olivia Newton-John, and was disappointed to discover John Travolta was around my Dads age, so I vowed to one day see how the production played out on the stage.
The current West End version of Grease is playing at the Piccadilly Theatre, and it is, of course, an all singing all dancing night out. The perfect way to start an evening of partying, even the die-hard musical hater will find it difficult to not know at least some of the songs.
I was wondering how it would transfer to the stage, and I did my best to try and get the original actors out of my head, and I was not disappointed. The leads were strong, but it was an excellent ensemble piece. I found myself watching a lot of the 'chorus' members in the background. Each one had worked hard, so that they all had individual personalities, which added to the magic of Grease and brought us right into the centre of Rydell High! All the songs made famous by the film were there, 'Summer Lovin', 'Greased Lightening' and 'Sandy'.
The dance routines, were pretty spectacular, there were various versions of 'We Go Together', which had an entire crazy dance routine, performed whilst they were still sat down. It was performed on the seating in the school playing fields (the location of Summer Lovin' in the original). A mixture of fast-paced clapping, turning and jiving. I have no idea how they remember that every night, without completely losing the plot! The hand-jive during the dance competition was another furious routine, with lifts spins and the splits. Certainly an advanced version of the one I do on a Friday night when the 'Grease Mega Mix' comes on!
They even managed to get not one but two cars on the stage, which I thought was amazing far a fairly small stage. Unfortunately, they could not fit an entire car chase on the stage, but I maybe I was asking a little too much.
The dialogue was quick and witty, and there were definitely a lot of grown up jokes, that I must have missed during my youth. This made it enjoyable for audiences of all ages. So if you enjoy, bouncy songs, crazy costumes, a lot of pink and glitzy lights, mixed in with a high school love story never to be forgotten, it is definitely for you.
Get in soon, because rumour has it, it will be finishing soon, to tour the rest of the country. Visit the website to book and for more information