Director: David Gilmore
Reviewer: Sarah Astbury
Grease is the Word at least in Llandudno it is. The iconic musical has been touring the UK on various stages for many years and various comments have been made about the production, the show is one of the most loved musicals of all time whether you are 5 or 95 everyone has heard of it, if not seen Grease at some stage in their life.
The love story based in the fifties of Danny and Sandy has made many hearts flutter and bought many a tear to the eye, from the first quiver of young love through the different areas of growing up, from Danny realising that being the leader of a gang and being seen as a tough man who doesn’t let his feelings show really isn’t the way forward, to Sandy devastated by Danny’s reaction to seeing her at high school and his rejection of her.
Danny played by Danny Bayne has a real stage presence and his voice sent goosebumps throughout the body from the minute he started singing. Sandy played by the lovely Carina Gillespie had all the innocence one would expect to find in a young lady of the fifties era and together they had a chemistry that shone throughout the whole production.
The set by Terry Parsons is basic with various pieces added to let you know where exactly they are at any given time. This worked well especially the car scene, where a old tatty red car was on stage with all the gang of the T-Birds dancing all over it then an explosion happens and suddenly in front of you is a fabulous shining white car, covered in flashing lights ready for all the action the T-Birds could want. The Lighting by Mark Henderson helped to add atmosphere and intrigue to the whole production.
The whole show is breathtaking from start to finish, my nine year old daughter was singing and dancing along with the rest of the audience. Credit must also be given to Russell Grant who played the teen angel, although his singing leaves a lot to be desired his acting more than makes up for it. Pink lady Jan played by Laura Wilson also worthy of a mention as her acting on stage at all times was energetic and vivacious, as was David O’Reilly’s who played Roger, comical, full of life and an actor to be watch out for.
The finale lasts for around 15 minutes with a grease megamix where the audience really come to life, dancing in the aisles, singing and clapping along. The atmosphere was electric and everybody left with a beaming smile, the cast have really done themselves proud with this tour, and this is certainly a recommendation to anybody who fancies a night at the theatre soon.