Review: Grease at the Regent Theatre

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Grease is the word at the Regent Theatre in Hanley!

The hit musical visits Stoke-on-Trent this week with its world famous selection of toe-tapping tunes and signature Rock n’ Roll fun.

The show follows the love story between T-Bird, Danny and good girl, Sandy as they deal with teenage life at Rydell High School in 1959.

One of the best-known musicals around thanks to the 1978 film starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, the stage show had a lot to live up too.

Thankfully Grease did not disappoint with an array of show-stopping songs, fantastic set pieces and gorgeously nostalgic set design.

Boy band star Tom Parker swapped The Wanted for The T-Birds as Danny Zuko in his stage debut.

Parker traversed a difficult selection of songs to deliver a solid performance as Zuko and undoubtedly gave the show some star power.

West End actress, Danielle Hope embodied Sandy throughout, particularly with her incredible voice.

From emotional ballads to sassy Rock n’ Roll numbers Hope was clearly enjoying herself in the iconic role.

Whilst Danny and Sandy may drive the narrative of the show it was Louisa Lytton’s Rizzo that proved to be the most memorable character.

Wise-cracking and ruthless Lytton shone as the leader of the Pink Ladies with a convincing gritty American twang.

The ensemble cast were sensational, prompting laughter at every opportunity, the T-Birds and Pink Ladies alike kept the audience hooked.

Finally the choreography really sold the 50s fun of the show – from hand jives to dance offs the cast did not hold back, swirling round the stage with confidence and panache.

If you want to experience the fun of a ‘Summer Night’ Grease is rocking and rolling at the Regent Theatre till the 27th May.

Tickets are available from the ATG website.

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