Grease the Musical a must-see for lovers of iconic film

Rob Mills and Gretel Scarlett in a scene from Grease The Musical.
Rob Mills and Gretel Scarlett in a scene from Grease The Musical. Jeff Busby

THE latest revival of Grease the Musical will get your engine revved up for a good time.

Hearing the show's iconic music live is a must for theatre lovers and fans of the 1978 movie.

While many of us will never be able to shake the images of Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta from our minds, and who would want to, the new Aussie cast do a commendable job of bring the characters of Rydell High back to life on stage.

Bright new talent Gretel Scarlett, a Rockhampton girl, has an amazing voice with incredible clarity.

In the lead role of Sandy she's got plenty of opportunities to show it off, as well as her classical dance training.

Scarlett's stand-out moment comes during the second act in the solo Hopelessly Devoted To You.

Standing on stage alone, after Sandy's snubbed at the high school dance by Danny, Scarlett's voice is something to behold.

Rob Mills is well cast as Danny, the teen guy torn between acting cool for his gang the T-Birds and showing his true feelings for Sandy.

Mills has a few really funny moments in the second act, particularly during his date at the drive-in with Sandy.

He only has a small role, but Todd McKenney nearly steals the show as Teen Angel.

Singing to Frenchy in a dream sequence, McKenney is a crack-up with his cheeky Boy From Oz-style take on the song Beauty School Dropout.

Make sure you go to your seat a little early as Bert Newton, as disc jockey Vince Fontaine, makes announcements from his radio booth on stage as a sort of appetizer for the main show.

Boasting veteran performers like Newton, McKenney, Anthony Callea as Johnny Casino and Val Lehman as Miss Lynch, Grease is a trip down memory lane for those old enough to remember the movie and an all-new night out for the next generation of theatre-goers.

If I had to sum up Grease in one word then it would be groovy, ya dig?

Grease the Musical plays QPAC'S Lyric Theatre in Brisbane through October 6. Tickets start from $66.50 plus booking fee.



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