Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Grease is the Word

So I just watched Grease at the Pantages theatre at it's opening night here in LA. This beloved classic story of Sandy and Danny was wonderful from start to finish. It was my first time seeing Grease on stage, but I have seen the movie a thousand times.

The cast was great but overshadowed by American Idol winner Taylor Hicks who played Teen Angel (he sings one solo song). The audience looked more like an American Idol reunion then a theatre crowd. With that said this was not your ordinary theatre show. For starters there was a pre-show to the play. That right, the actor playing Vince Fontaine came out about 10 minutes til the start of the show to get the crowd going. He sang oldies, taught dance moves, etc. And if that wasn't enough they show ended with Taylor Hick performing a track off his new album?(really?)

I did do stage door were I meet Max Crumm who won the Grease: You're the One that I Want! competition. He won the role of Danny for the Broadway revival in 2007. He seemed very nice but we did not get to chat much because he was trying to get back stage. American Idol contestant and Ace Young was there. He recently played Kenickie in Broadway's production this past year. Jenna Leigh Green, know for playing Nessarose in Wicked, was also on hand to show support. Last but not least Justin Guari, American Idol runner up from season one was there. He was kind enough to take a picture with us at the Stage Door.

So that was my opening night at Grease! Tons of fun! If you want to see the show it runs until the 22nd of March at the Pantages but will also play at the Orange County Performing Arts Center from April to May.
"Grease is the World"- song title from Grease

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