GREASE THE ARENA EXPERIENCE
ANNOUNCE BRAND NEW DANNY & SANDY
In the 40th Anniversary Year of GREASE hitting the movie screens (yes it was THAT long ago), the Arena Production GREASE – THE ARENA EXPERIENCE has been touring Australia to sell-out arena crowds.
Brisbane tickets are on sale NOW for two shows only on Saturday July 14th at Brisbane Entertainment Centre from www.ticketek.com.au
For the triumphant Brisbane return season, Harvest Rain is proud to announce our new Danny & Sandy. Star of Strictly Ballroom and the ABC hit TV show Dance Academy, Thomas Lacey will pull on the tight black strides and white T-shirt and strut the stage as Danny Zuko. Joining him in her debut professional lead role, Ashleigh Taylor (American Idiot The Green Day Musical) will portray everyone’s favourite high school sweetheart, Sandy.
Joining them on stage will be Australia’s most iconic indigenous performer, Christine Anu as Teen Angel, The Footy Show’s loveable larrikin, Beau Ryan, as DJ Vince Fontaine and over 700 performers.
Thomas Lacey played the lead role of Scott Hastings in Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom the Musical, which showcased him as an extraordinary triple threat talent. He toured as featured vocalist with Hugh Jackman in Broadway to Oz and travelled to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to perform with The Tap Pack. Thomas hit cinemas in 2017’s Dance Academy: The Movie after amassing a large fan base from his role as Ben Tickle in ABC’s enormously successful Dance Academy series.
Ashleigh Taylor has recently returned from New Zealand after starring as Lillith in the world premiere of Pleasuredome the Musical, directed by Michael Hurst. She featured in the cast of Green Day’s American Idiot for its Australian premiere and subsequent tour in the role of Heather. Ashleigh played Ellen in Packemin Productions’ Miss Saigon and was “thrillified” to take on the principal role of Elphaba in Packemin’s Wicked, earning her a Glug Award nomination for “Most Outstanding Performance by a Newcomer”.
Harvest Rain CEO, Tim O’Connor said, “Danny & Sandy are two of the most sought-after roles in musical theatre and we are absolutely delighted to have Thomas and Abigail on board with the GREASE ARENA family.”
GREASE THE ARENA EXPERIENCE kicked off in Brisbane in April 2017 and since then, has played to capacity houses in Arenas around the country- Newcastle, Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne. The production as now been seen by over 60,000 people nationwide and the tour returns to Brisbane for a triumphant encore, before rolling on to Canberra & Perth.
In a unique twist, Aria Award winner, Christine Anu, will don the wings as Teen Angel.
“Teen Angel is traditionally played by a male, but we really wanted to mix things up in this new production,” says CEO Tim O’Connor. “Teen Angel appears when Frenchy has just dropped out of beauty school and is feeling lost and looking for guidance, and we couldn’t think of anything more fitting in 2018 than for that advice to come from a kick-ass female! And really, you can’t get more kick-ass than Christine Anu.”
Joining Christine on stage will be the Footy Show’s legendary larrikin Beau Ryan DJ Vince Fontaine as well as an all-star cast AND a mass ensemble of over 700 young performers.
The ultimate party musical features all the favourite hits including; “You’re the One That I Want”, “Greased Lightnin'”, “Grease is the Word”, “Summer Nights”, “Beauty School Drop Out” and “Born to Hand Jive“.
Grease is the timelessly funny story of 1950s teen love, cliques, and peer pressure. Join your favourite Rydell High students, Danny & Sandy, The T-Birds and the Pink Ladies along with a cast of hilarious characters as they jive and bop their way to Graduation.
GREASE – THE ARENA EXPERIENCE plays at Brisbane Entertainment Centre for two shows only on 14th July 2018.
Visit www.greasearenashow.com for tickets.
Directed & Choreographed by Callum Mansfield, Musical Direction by Dennett Hudson, Design by Josh McIntosh, Lighting Design by Trudy Dalgleish, Sound Design by John Taylor.
Book Music & Lyrics by Jim Jacobs & Warren Casey
By Arrangement with Origin Theatricals