GREASE The Musical (Now Playing at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore ’til 18th May 2014)
Grease The Musical was destined to make an infectious mark of fun and a massive puddle of pure perpetual joy. Since Grease’ Broadway premiere in 1972, followed by the 1978 hit movie (starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John) which also went on to be the highest-grossing movie-musical of all time, GREASE has emerged to be a cult musical . Why not? It’s filled with euphoric dance numbers , toe-tapping songs and jaunty Broadway performers.
Expect the same flow of raw energy from every cast member, including a couple of hunks wrapped in skimpy towels singing and dancing sexily on stage. Soundtrack comes to life right before your eyes which is still undeniably spunky and you’ll probably whisper to your date, “Tell me more, tell me more!”
Before The High School Musical and Glee, there’s GREASE. Grease is a story, wait what story? This is the musical that one can say , “Who cares about the story, the songs are freakin’ enjoyable!”. Grease The Musical might not have a concrete plot, but the music surely makes up for it .
From the opening chant of (We Go Together) rama-lama-lama-ka-ding-ity-ding-de-dong and shoobop sha wadda wadda yippity boom de boom, there is this energy that just swirls around you; beautiful, robust and makes you want to join in the fun with the characters on stage.
Watching Grease lodges pure nostalgia, you will find yourself chanting to the upbeat songs all throughout the show. There are multiple use of strobe lights, smoke machines and pyrotechnics in this performance; electrifying indeed! This Australian adaptation of London’s West End Musical will not disappoint; it’s all chill and full of love. Poodle skirts, tight pants, leather jackets and sexy but greasy hairdo’s? I mean , come on ! Grease is the word,yeah? The pyrotechnics are indeed a surprise, the blings and the stage setup were slick and fabulous! Turns you back to the 50’s with gusto! All hail to the live band which makes the entire musical a worth watch.
There were plenty of hand jives, resistance is futile I tell you. Grease will make you miss those prom days for sure. Who can ever forget the classics like, “Hopelessly Devoted to You”, “Greased Lightning” and “Summer Nights”?
Look at me I’m Sandra Dee, Lousy with virginity, won’t go to bed ’til we’re legally wed….I can’t, I’m Sandra Dee.
Stephen Mahy (Danny Zuko) is sexy in his own way!
Travolta is Travolta, if you are expecting to see his signature I-got-sexy-hips-moves here, I suggest don’t. Stephen Mahy (Danny Zuko) has his own way of showing his personal charisma and pompous bearing of being dead sexy; in fairness to him he was not a trying-hard-to-be a Travolta. Whenever he and Gretel Scarlett (Sandy Dumbrowski) tends to miss the intimacy or steam in some parts of the play, their nonchalance to pull out good music (and dance moves!) together totally makes up for it. It sounds like the typical good-girl-dates-bad-boy stuff but really with all those gender jokes, car talks, and catchy songs…would you even ask for more? Grease, totally a league on its own and has captured the hearts of many.
Feisty dancers/performers up up up in the air, yo!
With Grease, the Mastercard Theatre was awashed with lavish enthusiasm and good rollicking fun. Even if you loathe musical, it would be impossible for you not to like it. It’s loaded to the brim with charm, the stage is bathed with the characters’ palpable energy. They even had this audience participation going on at the end of the musical. I’d rather not give you spoilers, but it’s something to look forward to. It will make you stand up and say,”Wow I am loving this!”. In fact, being out of the theater only after a few minutes made me miss the friskiness of the performers already. A lot of high school musical popped up, but Grease is Grease. Unbeatable fun and a musical that oozes a huge dose of humour. GREASE never feels dated with all the actors that made the characters forever memorable.
I finished watching GREASE with much satisfaction, but still baffled on who put the bop in the bop dee bop dee pop? Who did the sham in the shama lama ding dong? Do catch it, the musical has the heart and laugh in it!
GREASE THE MUSICAL
MasterCard Grand Theatre, Marina Bay Sands
25 April – 18 May 2014
Tuesday – Friday 8pm; Saturday 2pm & 8pm and Sunday 1pm & 5.30pm