Following a sold-out eight-week run at Curve, the first new production in 25 years of Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey’s musical Grease will tour the UK and Ireland in 2019, directed by Nikolai Foster and choreographed by Arlene Phillips and starring Peter Andre as Teen Angel at certain performances. Further casting to be announced.
Nikolai Foster said:
“We are looking forward to working alongside Jim Jacobs, Colin Ingram and Arlene Philips on the return of our critically-acclaimed, Made at Curve production of Grease. Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey’s musical is an electrifying celebration of the birth of cool and teenage culture. It provides a gripping snapshot of a country on the cusp of social change, all set to one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll scores ever written. Curve audiences love Grease and we are immensely proud to be sharing our production with audiences across the UK.”
The tour will open at Leeds Grand Theatre from 19 June to 20 July, making it the longest-running visiting production in the theatre’s history. Grease will then play Southend, Sunderland, Birmingham, Glasgow, Leicester, Dublin, Oxford and Bromley. Peter Andre will appear at certain performances in Leeds, Southend, Sunderland, Birmingham, Leicester, Dublin, Oxford and Bromley.
Grease is choreographed by Arlene Philips, with designs by Colin Richmond, orchestrations and musical supervision by Sarah Travis, lighting design by Guy Hoare and sound design by Sebastian Frost.
Grease originally opened in Chicago in 1971, followed by a move to Broadway in 1972, where it received seven Tony Award nominations, including one for Best Musical. During the show’s eight-year run, at the time, little-known actors including Peter Gallagher, Patrick Swayze and John Travolta all appeared in the production, with Richard Gere understudying many roles before going on to star as Danny Zuko in the 1973 London premiere. The 1978 film adaptation starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John is the fourth highest-grossing live-action musical of all time and celebrated its 40th anniversary this year.
Peter Andre is known for his successful music and television career and became the sixth highest selling artist in the UK in the 1990s with hits such as ‘Mysterious Girl’, ‘Flava’ and ‘I Feel You’. He had numerous number one hit singles, two number one albums and has toured all over the world, collecting a multitude of national and international awards. Andre’s many TV shows and appearances include his reality show Peter Andre: My Life, 60 Minute Makeover and the third series of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here in 2004.