ANA DA SILVA

Elec­tri­fy­ing and daz­zling Grease mu­si­cal earns stand­ing ova­tion

Evening Express (City Final) - - Events - Saw Grease at His Majesty’s Theatre

IT’S the one that you want – Grease at His Majesty’s Theatre will have you hand-jiv­ing all the way home.

The West End stage ver­sion shows its ge­nius of meld­ing cap­ti­vat­ing vo­cals, a live orchestra and in­no­va­tive di­rec­tion of daz­zling lights and props – with just a dash of slap­stick. T-bird croon­ers and Pink Ladies had au­di­ence mem­bers mouthing all-too-fa­mil­iar tunes and mim­ing chore­og­ra­phy with their high en­ergy per­for­mances. A special men­tion must go to the live orchestra, led by mu­si­cal di­rec­tor and pi­anist Griff John­son, who brought the songs we all know and love alive. The har­mony of the live band and singers worked per­fectly in uni­son, nei­ther over­pow­er­ing the other. A memorable scene is when Greased Light­nin’ made its way on stage. The im­pres­sive num­ber did not dis­ap­point with flashy py­rotech­nics, lights and chore­og­ra­phy.

A stand-out per­for­mance from El­lon’s own Ailsa David­son cap­ti­vated the au­di­ence with her pow­er­ful ren­di­tion of There Are Worse Things I Could Do. Her de­liv­er­ance of the gutsy and sar­cas­tic Rizzo would make any die-hard fan proud to have such a com­plex and of­ten mis­un­der­stood char­ac­ter brought to jus­tice.

Also star­ring Tom Parker, from The Wanted, as ‘bad boy’ Danny and Over the Rain­bow win­ner Danielle Hope, as Sandy this is a “can­not miss” pro­duc­tion that is all-de­serv­ing of the stand­ing ova­tion. Grease the Mu­si­cal is on at His Majesty’s Theatre un­til Satur­day.

clas­sic: Danny and Sandy star in Grease.

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