Review: Grease the Musical,Ipswich Regent, until September 29

It was great to see The Regent mostly full for an opening Monday night, especially with the inclement weather; but this is the pulling power of Grease, an age old love story played out in an American High School, and set to a backdrop of 50s rock ‘n’ roll music.

It was great to see The Regent mostly full for an opening Monday night, especially with the inclement weather; but this is the pulling power of Grease, an age old love story played out in an American High School, and set to a backdrop of 50s rock ‘n’ roll music.

A technical hitch meant the show start was delayed for 25 minutes but when it did get under way it was kicked-off by the great seven-piece house band, looking the part in their pink drape jackets. The audience were into the swing of things straight away, cajoled by the band leader, singing along to the instantly recognisable songs.

During the show the set changes were used well and allowed the production to stick closely to the original film running order. The sets themselves were minimal but that didn’t detract as the scenes are all so well known.

There are many costume changes which all looked authentic and I really liked the old American car that becomes Greased Lightning during the first half of the show.


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The cast were lively and energetic and portrayed the attitude and humour well, even if the accents were a little cheesy. You could also feel the chemistry between the members and I particularly liked the characters of Rizzo and Patti Simcock.

My favourite scene from the film has always been the dance competition and this was also the case for the stage show.

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John Travolta is a hard act to follow but the cast certainly have the moves and showed them during the Hand Jive.It was great to see them all dancing in unison.

X-Factor star Mary Byrne makes a welcome cameo as the guardian angel and stole the show during Beauty School Drop-Out.

Unfortunately the car race scene is missing but I guess it would have been difficult to pull-off on stage so the story goes straight to the final scene which is set in the American diner.

A reprise of the most popular songs ensures a big finale and a very happy Regent audience. Tickets are still available so if you fancy a trip down memory lane, call the box office.

MARK WESTALL

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