Review: Grease - The Musical at Curve Leicester breathes new life into a classic.
It must be a real headache for any Director to breathe new life into a musical which a) derives from a film that everybody knows and loves and b) has been staged countless times in many guises across a number of decades.
Still, Curve Leicester’s Nikolai Foster has achieved the near impossible and has produced the most vibrant and exciting production of Grease we’ve seen in years!
Somehow, he’s managed to capture the magic of the era whilst making the whole thing feel more young and contemporary. That’s perhaps underpinned by the young and spunky cast, led by the exceptional Dan Partridge (Danny Zuko) and the sublime Martha Kirby (Sandy). This is far from the Danny and Sandy show though, as the production is littered with talent. It almost feels unfair to single people out, but if we really must, Natalie Woods shone as Jan, Dale White brought great humanity to Eugine and Rhianne-Louise McCaulsky was just brilliant as the moody and sultry Rizzo.
Darren Bennett is playing Vince Fontaine before Peter Andre takes over, and he did a fantastic job of raising laughs with his crude energy and Elvis-like moves.
All of the well-known numbers were executed perfectly, performed with a live band with much vigour and a huge sound. There are songs here that you may not recognise as well, such as 'Freddy My Love', 'Those Magic Changes' and 'Mooning' which all feature in the original musical but were dropped for the film.
Great production values and Curve go hand in hand so the staging, lighting and effects did not disappoint – but nor did they distract from the action. There was so much going on, you just didn’t know where to look, when!
If you think you’ve seen it all before, think again – Grease is a spectacular show with a first class cast.