Reviewed by Tracey Stoker
Grease really is the word for this fantastic show.
As we made our way to Bradford Alhambra, we started to notice people in pink jackets and I knew we were in for a good night. The Grease fans were out in force, and there was a lovely warm, happy atmosphere as we were waiting for the show to start.
If you have never been to Bradford Alhambra before, it is a fantastic venue. Easily accessible if travelling by public transport and if coming by car, plenty of car parking nearby. Always lots of staff on hand in the foyer to assist you in any way you need. And you are always served quickly at the many bars, which is always a plus.
I did wonder if I would like Grease on the stage after watching the film many, many times but let me tell you, I wasn’t disappointed. The lights, scenery, music and the amazing cast made you feel like you really were at Rydell High. Tom Parker was great as Danny Zuko, definitely made the ladies in the audience swoon. Danielle Hope really brings ‘sweet innocent Sandy’ to life. And boy can she sing, her solos are amazing. With their ‘T-Birds and ‘Pink Ladies’, the whole stage comes alive.
The entire cast were great but for us, two people really stood out. Louisa Lytton, who plays Rizzo, was just fantastic. When she was singing ‘There are worse things I could do’, your heart breaks for her. She is so believable as the ‘catty but lovable’ Rizzo.
And then there is ‘Eugene’, he is pure comedy gold. Callum Evans who plays Eugene was so funny. On a stage full of people, his character really stood out and he really made the audience laugh. What a fantastic performer he is.
The songs you know and love are all there. ‘Grease Lightening’, ‘Beauty School Dropout’, ‘Sandy’, to name but a few. You will find you are trapping your feet and singing along.
Then the moment the whole audience had been waiting for. ‘You’re the one that I want’ starts playing and the whole cast is on the stage dancing and singing. The audience can’t wait any longer and gets on its feet. Clapping and joining in the singing, what a fantastic end to a fantastic show.
If you weren’t a Grease fan before seeing this show, I bet you were by the end of it.
Tickets cost from £16.50 to £45 (booking fees may apply).
Grease the musical is at the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford from 9-14 October 2017, for more information or to book tickets visit www.bradford-theatres.co.uk or call the box office on 01274 432000.
Alhambra Theatre, Morley Street, Bradford, BD7 1AJ | 01274 432000