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Grease - The Musical

When:

Fri 27 Aug 2010, 8:00pm–10:30pm
Sat 28 Aug 2010, 2:00pm–4:30pm
Sat 28 Aug 2010, 8:00pm–10:30pm
Sun 29 Aug 2010, 1:00pm–3:30pm
Sun 29 Aug 2010, 6:00pm–8:30pm

Where: The Civic, Cnr Queen & Wellesley Sts, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • From: $55.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Sandra Roberts

London’s West End smash hit musical Grease - voted the No.1 greatest musical of all time by Channel 4 UK, is coming to New Zealand this August.

Packed with explosive energy, London’s high-octane rock ‘n’ roll party is ready to rumble in Auckland from August 5 for a strictly limited season.

The 25-strong, spectacular international cast will turn The Civic into Rydell High School in a stage production that’s truly electrifying!

Since the show’s Broadway première in 1972, followed by the 1978 hit movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John - which went on to become the highest grossing movie-musical of all time - Grease has triumphed across the globe, striking a universal chord with its irresistible mix of adolescent angst, vibrant physicality and 1950s pop culture.

Featuring all those unforgettable songs from the movie, and dazzling costumes, Grease is a perfect period piece – a pastiche of the 1950s: “fast, furious and thrilling, an injection of raw energy... and fun, fun, fun”, according to The Daily Mirror (UK).

With 142 costume changes, 16 leather jackets and 59 wigs, 10 jumbo cans of hairspray and 8 pots of gel used each week, this new production of Grease is bigger than ever!

Talking of the show’s appeal and purpose, director David Gilmore explains, “Grease doesn’t have a message ... it gives a flavour of being a teenager in the 50s when rock ’n’ roll and putting grease on your hair were the most important things in life and this is the level that we should take it on.”

Set in 1959 at Rydell High School, Grease follows 10 working-class kids as they navigate the complexities of love, cars, and drive-ins. Danny Zuko, the hot Greaser, falls in love with the wholesome and pure Sandy Dumbrowski and when their worlds collide, it’s a-wella-wella-umph!

Then there’s Rizzo, the tough and sarcastic leader of the Pink Ladies, whose world turns upside down when she thinks she’s pregnant; Frenchy, the ditzy beauty school drop out; and Vince Fontaine, the egotistical, slimy radio disc jockey trying to relive his teenage years.

Grease has maintained its everlasting popularity, proving that teenage angst and love’s young dream remain timeless and universal themes. It’s the music that makes the show so fabulous. People the world over have been singing songs from Grease since it exploded into life nearly four decades ago. Songs like Greased Lightnin’, Look At Me I’m Sandra Dee, Hopelessly Devoted To You, Summer Nights, Sandy and You’re the One That I Want are some of pop music’s most enduring hits.

Grease is produced by David Ian, one of London’s most respected theatrical producers and a judge on the TV casting shows How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria for the BBC, Grease Is The Word for ITV and You’re The One That I Want for NBC in the United States. Co-producers Lunchbox Theatrical Productions and David Atkins Enterprises are leading international producers of live entertainment, who most recently have brought We Will Rock You, Stomp, The 39 Steps, Cinderella on Ice and Abba Mania, to audiences in New Zealand.

And now this spectacular international production of Grease is set to electrify Auckland - Grease really is the word!

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