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REVIEW: Grease The Musical – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

The first new production in 25 years, and with the promise of a return to the gritty, raw, original 1971 production, the odds would seem stacked in favour of this Leicester Curve production of Grease, one of the world’s most beloved musicals. However, spectacularly bad casting, lacklustre energy levels and poor vocals, render what should be a corker of a show, into a two and a half hour yawn-fest.

It’s 1959, Rydell High, and a dozen angst ridden teenagers negotiate the ups and downs of high school life: break ups, make ups, peer pressure and pregnancy scares, with a raft of familiar tunes wrapped around the action (if not in the order that fans of the movie are used too).

Principal among the faults of this production is the casting: Dan Partridge’s Danny Zuko is a non-descript leading man, he lacks any presence, his accent is appalling (something that seems endemic in the cast), and his singing voice even worse, and unforgivably there is absolutely no chemistry with the woefully underused Martha Kirby as Sandy, who manages to elevate proceedings in the few occasions she’s on stage. It is absolutely baffling why she would ever fall in love with this loser in the first place. Louis Gaunt is a charismatic Kenickie who makes his mark (the young actor seems as if he would be a much better fit as Danny). Of note too is Natalie Woods, who has a lovely voice and a nice presence as the body-conscious Jan, less successful are Rhianne-Louise McCaulsky as Rizzo, who looks thoroughly bored throughout and Darren Bennett, who provides an uncomfortable watch as the boob-grabbing old letch Vince Fontaine, the performance smacks of 1970s Benny Hill/Freddy Starr, not memories you’d want to evoke in 2019.

Are we are so far removed and so distanced from the times in which this is set, that it fails to resonate? Is that the main issue? There’s a moment in the cheesy dialogue when after a break up and a make up between Danny and Sandy where her asks her: ‘don’t you want my ring?’ you can almost hear the female audience cry: ‘no thanks I’d rather have a career’. The entire show plays out like a badly disjointed series of unrelated scenes and the lack of drive doesn’t help. On a positive note, Colin Richmond’s gymnasium design is effective, if simplistic and Guy Hoare’s lighting design tonally compliments it – it should be said though, that it’s particularly heavy on the dry ice.

The entire production from start to end lacks impact, there isn’t an ounce of sparkle and the lack of energy and commitment of the cast is astonishing. One could argue that it’s impossible to make Grease boring, but boy does this production succeed in achieving just that.

Runs until 31 August 2019 | Image: Manuel Harlan

NEWS: ORE ODUBA & CARLEY STENSON TO JOIN THE CAST OF CURTAINS IN GLASGOW

CURTAINS _ KING’S THEATRE, GLASGOW

TUESDAY 10 – SATURDAY 14 MARCH 2020

Dan Looney, Adam Paulden and Jason Haigh-Ellery for DLAP Entertainment are delighted to announce full casting Tony award winning musical CURTAINS at the King’s Theatre, Glasgow next year.

Joining the previously announced Jason Manford as Detective Frank Cioffi will be television presenter and ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ star Ore Oduba who will play ‘Aaron Fox’ alongside musical theatre actress Carley Stenson as Georgia Hendriks, Rebecca Lock as Carmen, Samuel Holmes as Christopher Belling, Leah West as Niki Harris and Alan Burkitt as Bobby.

Ore is best known for winning the 14th series of BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing and has now become a familiar face on primetime and daytime television. His presenting credits include BBC One’s, The One Show and ITV’s This Morning. Ore previously appeared as a host on stage for the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour.

Carley is currently starring as Fantine in Les Misérables, at the Queens Theatre in London’s West End. Her other West End credits include Elle Woods in Legally Blonde at The Savoy Theatre, Princess Fiona in Shrek the Musical at Theatre Royal Dury Lane and Lady of the Lake in Spamalot at The Playhouse Theatre. She has also played Christine Colgate in the UK Tour of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Carley is probably best known for her television work and playing Steph Cunningham in Channel Four’s Hollyoaks.

Rebecca Lock most recently starred in Heathers The Musical at the Haymarket Theatre in London. Her other West End credits include MAMMA MIA! at The Novello Theatre, The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre, and Cats at New London Theatre. Rebecca also starred as Mrs Banks in the national tour of Mary Poppins.

 Samuel Holmes most recently starred in the UK tour of The Wedding Singer. Samuel’s West End credits include Mrs Henderson Presents at Noël Coward Theatre and Spamalot at Playhouse Theatre.

Leah West previously starred in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and ITV drama Unforgotten. Her previous theatre credits include Grand Hotel and Allegro both at Southwark Playhouse and the UK Tour of The Smallest Show On Earth.

Alan Burkitt was in the original West End Cast of Top Hat at the Aldwych Theatre and then went on to play the lead role of Jerry in the UK national tour. Alan’s other theatre credits include, We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre Singin’ in the Rain and ‪42nd Street both at Chichester Festival Theatre.

They are all joined by Emma Caffrey as Bambi, Adam Rhys-Charles as Daryl Grady, Martin Callaghan as Oscar Shapiro, Minal Petal as Johnny Harmon and Mark Sangster as Sidney.

Joining them in the ensemble is, Kathryn Barnes, Pamela Blair, Charlie Johnson, Kate Ivory Jordan, Robin Kent, Thomas Lee-Kid, Ben Mundy, Gleanne Purcell-Brown and

Samuel John-Humphreys.

From the Tony Award-winning creators of Cabaret and Chicago, this production tells the story of Jessica Cranshaw, star of the new Broadway-bound musical Robbin Hood, who has been murdered on stage on opening night! The entire cast and crew are suspects. Time to call in the local detective, Frank Cioffi, who just happens to be a huge musical theatre fan. With a nose for crime and an ear for music, Frank has his work cut out trying to find the killer whilst giving the show a lifeline.

The producing team is made up of Dan Looney, Adam Paulden and Jason Haigh-Ellery for DLAP Entertainment. The production was originally produced on Broadway by Roger Berlind, Roger Horchow, Daryl Roth, Jane Bergere, Ted Hartley and Center Theatre Group. The American Premiere was produced at The Ahmanson Theatre by Center Theatre Group, LA’s Theatre Company.

Music is by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb (Cabaret and Chicago), book by Rupert Holmes, original book and concept by Peter Stone with additional lyrics by John Kander and Rupert Holmes.

LISTINGS

Curtains

King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Tue 10 – Sat 14 Mar 2020

Mon-Sat, 7.30pm

Wed & Sat, 2.30pm

0844 871 7648*

www.atgtickets.com/glasgow

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