Grease gets a mod­ern makeover

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GREASE is the word in mu­si­cal the­atre land, with Aussie pro­ducer John Frost and Lon­don’s David Ian an­nounc­ing the re­turn of the pop­u­lar show to the Aus­tralian stage.

Au­di­tions will com­mence shortly for the mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar pro­duc­tion with Frost al­ready on the look­out for the Danny and Sandy of to­day.

It is un­der­stood that Frost has some ‘‘sur­prise cast­ing an­nounce­ments’’ to be made in the coming weeks.

The mu­si­cal is based on the 1978 film star­ring Olivia New­ton-John and John Tra­volta and features all the pop­u­lar hits, in­clud­ing You’re The One That I Want, Grease Is The Word, Sum­mer Nights and Greased Light­nin’.

Frost has pre­sented Grease as arena spec­tac­u­lars twice be­fore in Aus­tralia – once in 1998 and again in 2005, the lat­ter star­ring John Farn­ham.

While the up­com­ing tour will be a scaled-down ver­sion in the­atres, Frost said he was ex­cited to be bring­ing back his most-re­quested mu­si­cal of the Gor­don Frost Or­gan­i­sa­tion.

‘‘When the TV se­ries Glee cel­e­brated the mu­sic of Grease on one of their re­cent episodes, and Olivia New­ton-John and John Tra­volta re­united for a char­ity Christ­mas al­bum in De­cem­ber, I knew the time was right to bring Grease back to Aus­tralia,’’ he says.

Fans can go to grea­seis­the­word.com.au to join a wait­list for tick­ets to the much-loved mu­si­cal.

The last Aus­tralian tour­ing pro­duc­tion of

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