Review of Grease at the Royal and Derngate, Northampton

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Grease is most defiinitely the word around these parts.

The iconic musical is centred around the fictitious Rydell High School class of ‘59.

The story and score are familiar to most of us. Who doesn’t know the songs Hopelessly Devoted to You, Summer Lovin’, You’re The One That I Want or Greased Lightnin’?

But for die hard fans of John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, the show’s latest transition to the stage is just as much of a delight.

In an era when rock n roll ruled, Grease is the perfect excuse to celebrate a stunning showcase of song and dance.

From the word go it’s a breathtaking theatrical journey exuding a vibrancy and energy that I defy anyone not to be swept along by.

Arlene Phillips’ choreography is slick and sassy and offers the perfect platform for the talents of a brilliant cast headed by principal players Danny Bayne (Zuko) and Carina Gillespie (Sandy).

A memorable highlight is the appearance of Rhydian Roberts as the Teen Angel.

The former X-Factor finalist makes a big impression in his single scene.

Grease has been a mainstay of the musicals circuit for more than 40 years and it’s appeal is still going strong today.

This latest touring production is a fine example of why.

Don’t let it pass you by.

Review by Amanda Chalmers

Grease will be performed at the Royal and Derngate, Northampton until Saturday May 5. For tickets call the box office on 01604 624811 or visit www.royalandderngate.co.uk

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