My one of my best friends is obsessed (and I mean obsessed!) with Grease and always has been. So when she saw that the touring company of the musical was performing – she bought tickets and we were going!
Upon arrival, we were greeted by a small notice declaring Sandy was not being played by BBC show contestant Danielle Hope and due to that, two other roles were being played by the understudies of them. With the amount of social media present these days, a notification on the event would have been nice rather than arriving to a mild disappointment not to see who we’d originally expected. That being said, Sandy wasn’t a disappointment and I really enjoyed her performance.
The ordering/pace of the songs to someone expecting a replica of the movie would probably confuse and maybe annoy. Personally I thought it was cleverly done and loved the performance of the songs like Raining on Prom Night to feature other members of the cast more prominently alongside Danny, Sandy etc.
I’ll be honest, I had reservations about Tom Parker from the Wanted. Even outside the venue, there were comments about could a boy band wonder match up to the original Danny Zuko. I’ll state again the touring company are not the film. He has put his own spin on Danny and remains true to the spirit of the original but he also has a way of letting his own personality shine through.
It was a good night and loved the clever use of staging and being able to see the band above the action. The musical director and the band looked like they were having an amazing night!