If there is there anyone in the world who in unaware of this musical and film then I don’t know where they have been for the last 40 years. Grease had its Broadway debut in 1972, yes really, and there have been hundreds of productions world wide so when the touring production rolled into Dunfermline this week it was hardly surprising that once again the crowds were lining up in droves.
The show, created by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey is set in Rydell High School it the late 50’s, where hormone fuelled school kids sing and dance their way through the whole gambit of well known and loved classics such as ‘The One that I Want’, ‘Summer Nights’, ‘Beauty School Dropout’ and ‘Greased Lightning’ to name just a few as Danny Zuko, Danny Bayne, tries to woo Sandy, Carina Gillespie in spite of his still wanting to be cool. These two principals are ably supported by a whole talented ensemble, all of which can light up any performance with the sparkling talent on offer and with Rhydian Roberts making the very most of his cameo role as Teen Angel camping it up to the ultimate it is impossible to leave the theatre without a smile on your face. The production is slick and well staged, oozes class from the principals through the ensemble and the excellent band lays down a solid base for all the well known songs and dance.
It is always heartening to me to see such a wide age group of people attending these productions, from 6 to 86 or more I reckon on Friday’s early show, and I’ve no doubt that this popularity will endure for many years to come.
There are a couple of last chances for you to catch this show in Dunfermline tonight see www.alhambradunfermline.com for details or the next ports of call for Grease www.greasethemusical.co.uk is the place to be.
Reviewed by Geoff