Grease is the word! The original West End production of the electrifying musical, Grease, lights up the UK once again as it embarks on a national tour, opening at the Palace Theatre Manchester on Friday 10th March 2017. The cast will be led by international pop star Tom Parker (The Wanted) in his first ever theatrical role, heart-throb Danny Zuko.
Tom Parker has amassed worldwide success with his band The Wanted, achieving two UK number 1s and 9 top 10 singles as well as 4 Billboard 100 singles, with Glad You Came placing in the top 5 and selling over 900,000 records. The band have had three platinum albums, two sold-out arena tours, and 3 million singles sold in America. Tom is also a winner of BBC Radio 1’s Teen Choice Award and US People’s Choice Award with The Wanted.
Since breaking out on Broadway in 1972, Grease’s place has been firmly established in the cultural Hall of Fame, having seduced the hearts of millions with its back-to- back sizzling tunes. It’s the original high-school musical featuring everyone’s favourite characters- Sandy, Danny, the groovy T Birds, the sassy Pink Ladies and the whole gang at Rydell High – and all the unforgettable songs from the hit movie including You’re The One That I Want, Grease Is The Word, Summer Nights, Hopelessly Devoted to You, Sandy, Greased Lightnin’ and many more.
Voted the “No 1 Greatest Musical”*, Grease has proved that a musical love story, bursting with denim, cheerleaders, slick hairstyles, rock’n’roll, 1950’s pop culture and an irresistible mix of teenage angst and young romance is timeless and universal. Grease is the ultimate feel-good, pick-me-up musical – an electrifying extravaganza, packed with fun, energy and vibrant physicality. The show is guaranteed to thrill audiences and leave everyone hand-jiving the night away with “A-wop- bop-a-loo-bop, a wop-bam- boom!”
This award-winning production originally opened in the West End in 1993 where it enjoyed a hugely successful run of 6 years at the Dominion and Cambridge Theatres. The show has since toured throughout the world playing to sell out audiences and breaking box office records everywhere, having been seen by over 12 million people in the UK alone.
Written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, directed by David Gilmore (Daisy Pulls It Off, Happy Days, Song & Dance, Footloose) and choreographed by Arlene Phillips (Starlight Express, Saturday Night Fever, Flashdance The Musical & BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing), design by Terry Parsons, with costumes by Andreane Neofitou, Grease is presented by Paul Nicholas and David Ian.
Further casting for the UK tour is to be announced.
Palace Theatre, Manchester
10 March – 25 March 2017
New Theatre, Oxford
28 March – 1 April 2017
Liverpool Empire, Liverpool
3 April – 8 April 2017
Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on- Sea
11 April – 15 April 2017
Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham
29 May – 3 June 2017
Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
27 June – 8 July 2017
Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
17 July – 29 July 2017
Venue Cymru, Llandudno
14 August – 19 August 2017
Further tour dates to be announced.
* (100 Greatest Musicals, Channel 4)