Reviewed by Amanda Gazzard
Grease is definitely the word… From the opening number I was not disappointed and taken on a lyrical journey. This musical demonstrates why 50 years following on from its huge success on Broadway is still a fantastic show to this day.
I will not spoil the surprise but the audience was treated to the live orchestra opening the show with a medley of tunes from Grease and they did not disappoint.
From the moment Danielle Hope (Sandy), the winner from the BBC’s Over the Rainbow and Tom Parker (Danny) from the band The Wanted sang the opening number it was obvious to me that this was going to be an array of vocal talent and I was not proved wrong!!!
As with any stage production you need to expect some scenes are just not possible to portray on stage. If you keep this in mind when watching then you will not be left confused or disappointed especially as some of the iconic songs and scenes are performed differently to the film.
The story was the same so do not panic as Danny Zuko and Sandy Chason fell in love over the summer on a beach and they then meet again at the infamous Rydell High.
Teen Angel and Vince Fontaine were played by Darren Day. He had an amazing stage presence and cheekily joked with the audience at one stage. Louisa Lytton from EastEnders who played Rizzo held great stage presence and portrayed a not so nice character brilliantly.
The various sets changes ranged from the garage which I must say was one of my favourite scenes due to the clever use of the car and the lighting, to Marty’s bedroom, the burger hangout and various scenes at Rydell High.
The entire cast had amazing vocals, and the choreography during Born to Hand Jive and We Go Together did not go a miss. The costumes were similar to the film so it was easy to recognise the characters from anywhere in the theatre. There were comical parts in the production which were executed brilliantly and seamlessly.
Overall Grease was an amazing production from start to finish and I cannot recommend highly enough for you to go and watch it at The Cliffs Pavilion, it’s a must!!
Grease is at The Cliffs Pavilion for five days only from Tuesday 11th – Saturday 15th April 2017.
All the staff at The Cliffs Pavilion was helpful and polite. We were guided to our row with ease and a smile and served out drinks swiftly and politely. Very impressed.
Tickets cost from £22.50 to £44.50 (booking fees may apply).
Grase the musical is at the Cliffs Pavilion in Southend from 11-15 April 2017, for more information or to book tickets visit southendtheatres.org.uk or call the box office on 01702 351135.
Cliffs Pavilion, Station Road, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 7RA | 01702 351135