Everyone knows the songs; 'Hopelessly Devoted to You', 'Summer Nights', 'Greased Lightning'. They've travelled through the ages as perfect songs to sing along to in the car, belt out at a karaoke night or put on the playlist to liven up a party and get everyone dancing. The special thing about these songs is that everyone knows the lyrics. And everyone knows the immortal show that the songs are for; the rock'n'roll 70's hit, Grease.
Immediately the images of poodle skirts, milkshakes and diners springs to mind. While humming the songs we picture the Pink Ladies sauntering through the halls of Rydell High, or the T-Birds swapping stories around the oval. While we are all very familiar with the famous film version (with John Travolta and our very own Olivia Newton John taking the spotlight) not all of us have seen the stage musical that the film brought to the big screens. Written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, Grease originally started out as a play about high school life during the golden age of rock'n'roll. The show opened in 1971, but it was soon noted that perhaps, as a play, it didn't quite work. The pair were given the opportunity to rework it and take it off-Broadway, which they did to much success, earning themselves seven Tony Award nominations. It ran until 1980 and closed after 3,388 performances – breaking all records for longest running show at the time.
Set in 1959, the musical follows the lives of ten high school students at Rydell High. With a familiar score of rock'n'roll music, Grease attempted to portray the complexities of teenage life at that point in history, in all it's raunchy, aggressive glory. It has since undergone many changes – some of which incorporating the alternative versions of songs that were introduced in the movie version – and been tamed down slightly, though it still addresses the same issues of love, lust, rebellion and violence.
Now Grease is being brought to the stage once more with Windmill Theatre Company this June. Windmill boasts a long history of performances, with shows such as Jesus Christ Superstar, Miss Saigon, Little Shop of Horrors and Cats gracing their stages and entertaining their audiences in the past few years. Grease promises to be performed at it's best in Windmills capable hands, as well as with the support and talent of it's wonderful cast.
So whether you are in the mood the bop along to those favourite tunes, or your interested in seeing the original production in it's entirety, then come and visit Windmill and watch Grease. You're sure to have a blast.
Friday 8 June 8:00PM
Saturday 9 June 8:00PM
Friday 15 June 8:00PM
Saturday 16 June 2:00PM (Matinee)
Saturday 16 June 8:00PM
Friday 22 June 8:00PM
Saturday 23 June 8:00PM
Sunday 24 June 2:00PM (Matinee)
To book, visit http://www.wtc-theatre.com/current_1.htm or call 9771 6666.
SANDY – SARAH POWER
DANNY – LIAM KILGOUR
FRENCHY – JODIE SCOULLAR
JAN – TAMARA SMITH
MARTY – CATHY LORD
RIZZO – JANETTE DIAB
KENICKE – ROBBIE CARMELOTTI
ROGER – SEAN VAN GEYZEL
SONNY – JAMES NESS
DOODY – JOSH LOVELL
PATTY – SARAH DAVIS
CHA CHA – JACQUI ALLCHIN
JOHNNY CASINO – GEOFF SHIELDS
TEEN ANGEL & VINCE FONTAINE – CLINT WOOD
EUGENE – AIDAN KYVAL
ENSEMBLE – LISA NOVOTNY
DAVE DE MUNK
Director – Robert Harvey / Karen Ingwersen
Musical Director – Kevin Nguyen
Choreographer – Robert Mulholland
Production Manager – Megan Shields / Andrew Edge
Set Design – Andrew Edge / Alberto Salvato
Lighting Design – Jason Lord
Sound Design – Marcello Lo Ricco
Costume Designer – Glenda Novotny
Assistant to the Choreographer – Natasha Harvey