Reviewed by Lee-Anne McCarthy
Grease that well-loved musical paid a visit to Wales Millennium Centre. With all the songs we know and love it was something I was massively excited to review.
Grease is a well-known and well-loved love story. It’s a story of wide boy gang member Danny and his on again off again dalliance with super sensible Sandy. Set in a 1950’s you are transported to an era of big skirts, leather jackets and dance halls. The set was full of neon lights and a wonderful on-stage orchestra. It set the scene of the 1950’s in so many ways.
Danny is played by Wanted band member Tom Parker. He was every bit the slick, cool somewhat arrogant Danny you expected. His singing and dancing had me singing along at every turn much to the disgust of my 13-year-old daughter who sat alongside me. Parker was wonderfully supported by the beautiful Danielle Hope as Sandy. She embraced the innocence of her character and became every bit the goody two shoes we’d expect from Miss Sandra Dee.
My all-time favourite character, Rizzo, was played by Louisa Lytton. As my favourite character Louisa had a tough job of becoming the Rizzo I hoped for. However, she oozed the confidence and vulnerability necessary to be great Rizzo. Now when teen angel made his appearance there was a really air of excitement. Ladies of a certain age across the audience went wild for Jimmy Osmond. Jimmy had the audience in the palm of his hand has he held breath defying notes and encouraged the audience participation.
The entire cast worked fabulously together to not recreate the well-loved movie but to do the story justice in their own right. My 13-year-old daughter was inspired by many as her own school look to create their own production next year. I think she may be after the job of Rosanna Harris who played Jan soon. Harris brought great but subtle comedy to much of the show.
We had a wonderful time watching one of our favourite musicals. We would recommend it all young and old you won’t be disappointed. We give Grease a fantastic 5 out of 5.
Tickets cost from £13 to £44 (booking fees may apply).
Grease is at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff from 17-29 July 2017, for more information or to book tickets visit www.wmc.org.uk or call the box office on 029 2063 6464.
Wales Millennium Centre, Bute Place, Cardiff Bay, CF10 5AL | 029 2063 6464