Following this mornings media call, the new cast of GREASE (the Australian Tour) is announced
SANDY: Gretel Scarlett
DANNY: Rob Mills
RIZZO: Lucy Maunder
KENICKIE: Stephen Mahy
TEEN ANGEL: Todd McKenney
VINCE VONTAIN: Bert Newton
JOHNNY CASINO: Anthony Callea
FRENCHY: Francine Cain
DOODY: Chris Durling
SONNY: Sam Ludeman
ROGER: Duane McGregor
JAN: Laura Murphy
Producer John Frost announced 12 of the cast members signed on for the upcoming 2013 revival tour of Grease this morning at the Hard Rock Cafe in Darling Harbour.
Rob Mills (Wicked, Legally Blonde) and Gretel Scarlett (Mamma Mia, Wicked) have been cast in the coveted roles of teen lovers Danny and Sandy. Musical theatre favourites Lucy Maunder and Stephen Mahy will star as Rizzo and Kenickie and veterans Todd McKenney (Teen Angel) and Bert Newton (Vince Fontain) will take to the stage in cameo roles.
This multi million dollar production will open in at QPAC’s Lyric Theatre Brisbane on 31 August, with previews from 27 August. The show has also confirmed seasons at Sydney Lyric from 13 October (Opening Night 17 October) and Her Majesty’s Theatre Melbourne from 2 January (Opening Night 4 January).
WAAPA classmates Lucy Maunder and Stephen Mahy will star as Rizzo and Kenickie in Grease
Also confirmed in the Grease cast is Anthony Callea as Johnny Casino (a role performed last by Rob Mills in the 2005 Arena Tour), Francine Cain (Frenchy), Chris Durling (Doody), Sam Ludeman (Sonny), Duane McGregor (Roger) and Laura Murphy (Jan).
“Grease is one of my favourite musicals, and with this top draw cast of musical theatre stars I have no doubt it will again be everyone’s favourite party musical,” said Producer John Frost.
“I’m thrilled that Rob Mills will be our Danny, straight from his success in Legally Blonde, and that we have found a new leading lady in Gretel Scarlett.”
Grease the Musical opened on Broadway in 1972 and was nominated for seven Tony awards. During its 40 year lifespan, a multitude of actors have passed through the ranks of this production including Richard Gere, John Travolta, Sutton Foster, Patrick Swayze, Jerry Zacks and Megan Mullally. And the recently assembled Australian cast is promising to be just as impressive.
“Both Rob and Gretel gave sensational auditions, and our UK creative team knew instantly that they were the ideal Danny and Sandy. And it’s wonderful again to be working with the wonderful Todd McKenney, the talented Anthony Callea and, for our sixth musical together, the irrepressible Bert Newton. What can I say about this cast – You’re The One That I Want!”
Featuring all the unforgettable songs from the hit 1978 movie including You’re The One That I Want, Grease Is The Word, Summer Nights, Hopelessly Devoted To You, Sandy, Greased Lightnin’ and more, Grease is set to be a party musical for all ages.
Full cast announcement to follow.