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Tell me more! Grease the Musical.

Tell me more! Grease the Musical.

Keanu Gonzalez, Joseph Spanti and T Birds in GREASE (c) Jeff Busby

Marcia Hines stars in a cameo in Grease

Marcia Hines in GREASE (c) Jeff Busby
Marcia Hines in GREASE (c) Jeff Busby

Summer lovin’ in Grease

“Grease” the musical kicks off with Danny and Sandy, two teenagers caught in the web of summer love, setting the scene for a musical explosion that reverberates through the echelons of pop culture. In the sacred domain where Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta are the undisputed Sandy and Danny, Marcia Hines emerges as a force majeure. Taking on “Beauty School Dropout” in a gown as resplendent as her performance, Hines, at 70, launches a coup d’état against Father Time himself, commanding a presence that could very well coax audiences back for a second viewing.

The cast of GREASE (c) Jeff Busby
The cast of GREASE (c) Jeff Busby

There’s an undeniable witchcraft in the nostalgia “Grease” conjures, transporting us back to an age illuminated by the silver screen, an epoch where fast cars and those legendary Newton-John trousers were the talk of the town. As the soundtrack unfolds, hit after hit, it’s impossible not to be swept up in the rhythm, a testament to the timeless magnetism of these tunes.

Mackenzie Dunn’s Rizzo

Mackenzie Dunn and Annelise Hall in GREASE (c) Jeff Busby
Mackenzie Dunn and Annelise Hall in GREASE (c) Jeff Busby

While Annelise Hall and Joseph Spanti deliver a respectful nod to the iconic leads, it’s Mackenzie Dunn’s Rizzo who truly captivates. Her performance, dripping with sass and swathed in pink plaid, electrifies the crowd, her vocals hitting every note with precision.

Jay Laga’aia and Patti Newton

Jay Laga’aia and the ensemble of GREASE (c) Jeff Busby
Jay Laga’aia and the ensemble of GREASE (c) Jeff Busby

Keanu Gonzalez’s Kenickie and Mackenzie Dunn’s Rizzo shine brilliantly, elevating the narrative with their performances. Dunn, especially, with her soul-stirring rendition of “There Are Worse Things I Could Do,” underscores the raw talent that permeates this production. Jay Laga’aia, as Vic Fontaine, injects a golden thread of charisma, complemented by Patti Newton’s addition, which serves as a beacon of the show’s timeless allure.

The ensemble cast, from Brianna Bishop’s Marty to Catty Hamilton’s Frenchy, and Cristina D’Agostino’s Cha Cha, each brings their unique luster to the stage, crafting a constellation of talent that lights up the production.

Patti Newton and the cast of GREASE (c) Jeff Busby
Patti Newton and the cast of GREASE (c) Jeff Busby

Grease offers the lost charm of last century

The recalibration of the original film’s narrative might raise eyebrows, yet it fails to detract from the essence of “Grease.” Rather, it enhances the charm, whisking us back to simpler times. Times untouched by the cacophony of the present, where the bond between man and machine was celebrated unabashedly.

Sandy and the Pink Ladies (c) Jeff Busby
Sandy and the Pink Ladies (c) Jeff Busby

Immersed in classics like “Summer Nights,” “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” and “Greased Lightnin’,” the audience is lifted by a wave of joy, a testament to the enduring power of “Grease.” These songs, emblematic of an era, a sentiment, a shared memory, pulse with a vitality that beckons us once more into the unabashed pleasure of the musical phenomenon that is “Grease.”

Grease the musical is playing in Sydney at the Capitol Theatre until June 1, 2024. Tickets available here.


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