blog post by Julie Wallis twitter.com/Nicenic63
It’s the one that Julie wants!
Stage experience 2016 presents Grease the musical and seeing it live last night was spectacular. This performance had me singing, laughing, clapping, toe tapping and even jaw dropping.
For a group of young performers there is an abundance of real talent and I’m pretty sure that I saw a few future star’s last night.
The story of Grease is so well known, but just in case you don’t know it’s a boy meets girl song and dance extravaganza set in the 1950s. Danny and Sandy meet, fall in love, fight , dance and eventually end up together.
With over 120 cast members this is a massive show, the lighting at the very start wiped the smile off my face as my jaw literally dropped! (I later found out the lighting was used for Madonna and Beyonce tours so it really was some impressive stuff)
Grease as presented by Stage Experience is loud, proud, extravagant and very professional.
The quality of the singing was on par with some shows I have seen in the west end. Sandy as played by Georgia Anderson was perfectly cast, blonde, pretty and as well as being a beautiful singer she is a lovely dancer. Cha-Cha as played by Jessica Walton was an impressive dancer, Sofi Robinson played Rizzo and has a real ‘west end worthy’ voice. Jasmine Shen (Marty ) and Melissa Huband (Jan) also gave wonderful performances.The Pink ladies all packed a punch with their voices and they truly did justice to this well loved musical. As well as their great voices the whole cast were fabulous dancers. I saw more high kicks and split leaps last night than I could count.
Mark Shaun Walsh played Teen Angel and had a super voice, definitely the biggest of the men’s voices and every time he was on stage he radiated joy so I had to smile. For the rest of the T-Birds they gave great acting and dancing performance’s but as they are all still so very young they did not yet have the huge voices but it certainly took nothing away from their performance. The acting and dancing from all the young men was still brilliant. Liam Huband as Eugene played his character perfectly, just the right side of geeky without being silly at all. The T-Birds could dance every bit as well as the Pink Ladies and there were a number of split leaps from the young men that were just impressive.
This production does not disappoint, just because the cast are young they are not lacking in experience or enthusiasm. This huge show was bursting with energy and I loved that the younger cast members came dancing through the auditorium. I also fell a little bit in love with one young man, I’d say he was 10 years old at most, but every time he was on stage he made that scene his own. Sadly I can not give a name credit but I can say well done young man.
Don’t mistake this for an amateur production, as I said at the beginning these actors are young but genuinely talented. I could see some of them being in Les Mis, Miss Saigon or Hairspray in the future and I wish each and every one of them all the best of luck.
Grease by Stage Experience 2016 was so much more than I first expected and I’m so glad I got a chance to be part of the audience, I certainly have no qualms about paying to see future Stage Experience productions.
Once again the New Alex theatre hosted a wonderful night with a fabulous after show party. Thank you, My complimentary sliders, fish & chip (singular chip,but large) cupcake and cider were all very welcome but in no way swayed this review.
Julie Wallis was invited to review Grease by New Alexandra Theatre and it seems that bribes don’t work!