From cabarets to The Woman in Black via biscuits at Holby City: That Stagey Blog reflects on his latest Stagey Week.
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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.
With hundreds of costume changes, multiple set changes and an enviable line-up of cast and crew, including Tom Parker of The Wanted fame, this production of Grease was far from an understated affair.
There’s enough pizzaz and passion for a whole production in the opening number of Grease, at the Playhouse to Saturday. Which is a good thing, given that the overture during which the curtain at the back of the neon-lit stage rises to reveal an on-stage band of seven, is the best thing about the show.
David Gilmore’s electrifying production is plenty of fun to watch but lacking in personality in some of the key performances. This classic musical about a group of teenagers growing up in the 1950’s, learning about love and the bond of friendship is energetically revived
Set in the 1950’s as a high school musical when rock and roll was extremely popular with the younger generation and the great Elvis Presley was on the scene, it was a cool time to be around and the musical is just as popular now as people are always eager to experience the nostalgia of their youth either because they grew up in the 50s or grew up with the film.
We all know and love the 1978 hit film Grease and for many years now it has been a stage show. I’ve seen this musical a good number of times and so I was interested to see how this touring production stood up to its predecessors.
Crucially, Foster’s production doesn’t skimp on ambition or scope in its evocation of late 1950s Americana as Colin Richmond’s design uses the full width and height of the stage and Nick Winston’s choreography expands to fill the space.
Opening at the Manchester Palace Theatre on 10 March 2017, Grease the musical is set to spread the fun and joy to theatres across the UK with an all-star cast. The tour will visit: Oxford, Woking, Wimbledon, Birmingham, Liverpool and Cardiff and is booking until 18November 2017.
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