Sunday, 5 April, 2020

Review: Grease The Musical, Birmingham Hippodrome!

★★★★ Grease Is The Word

Grease is most definitely the word as the brand new run of the hit musical premiered at the Birmingham Hippodrome last night.

Credit: Paul Coltas

The original production of Grease opened in Chicago back in 1971, and has since evolved over time, it was picked up for film and released in 1978 – and now it’s on a UK tour.

The well known 1978 film starred John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John – It was tough boots to fill, especially for a stripped back theatre production but The Wanted’s Tom Parker and Danielle Hope made it their own.

You mustn’t go into the theatre expecting to see what’s in the films, Grease The Musical would be a shock if that’s the case – From 140 costume changes and large moving sets the stage is transformed into Rydell High School, the drive-in and cafe and it made the audience feel like they were part of it.

As soon as the production started the audience were pulled back into the rock ‘n’ roll era.

Let’s not forget the unforgettable soundtrack that everyone’s familiar with which told the love story of T-Bird Danny and his sweetheart Sandy and the obstacles they faced in their school life. The audience were even welcome to sing along, especially at the end, it turned more into karaoke as the night progressed.

Credit: Paul Coltas

From the huge choreographed numbers like ‘Greased Lightning’ to the stripped back and powerful ‘Hopelessly Devoted To You’, Tom Parker and Danielle Hope were fantastic at expressing the emotion the two characters faced during the time of the song in the story.

Grease The Musical UK tour has a stellar cast, and for one song only Jimmy Osmond was the dreamy Teen Angel, hitting the high notes expected from the mesmerising ‘Beauty School Dropout’ song. He worked the audience after, but that’s to be expected, and in fact he was the only one to break character during the show.

Credit: Paul Colta

Although Tom Parker is making his theatrical debut as Danny, could you tell he was more comfortable singing and dancing than delivering his lines, which is to be expected coming from a boyband member, but he was loving every second and it really showed. Danielle Hope, winner of the BBC talent contest Over The Rainbow and as a result played the part of Dorothy in the Andrew Lloyd Webber production of The Wizard of Oz, brought Sandy to life and sang her solo song perfectly. Louisa Lytton’s Rizzo was full of sassiness and played the character exceptionally well.

Our review of Grease The Musical is awarded 4 stars out of 5. ★★★★

Runs at Birmingham Hippodrome until 3rd June.

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