Theatre review: Grease is the word

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Royal and Derngate Theatre, Northampton

Runs until Saturday (May 5)

Tickets: (01604) 624811/

Review by Alice Dyer

THE T-Birds and the Pink Ladies are back and better than ever.

Guest starring Rhydian Roberts of X Factor fame as Teen Angel, Grease burst onto the Derngate stage with all the excitement, colour, energy and enthusiasm that you would expect from this 1970s classic.

Danny Bayne played the lead role of Danny perfectly - cocky and arrogant - in his quest to get his girl Sandy, played by the beautiful Carina Gillespie.

Although she had a teeny tiny frame, which was perfect for squeezing into that infamous black catsuit, Carina had a big voice as she belted out the Grease classics during her rise to popularity at Rydell High.

The two lead roles were backed up for the two gangs of T-Birds and Pink Ladies. The Pink Ladies won it for me with their talent and fabulous, colourful costumes.

The guest appearance from Rhydian was a nice additional touch when he briefly appeared in a silver glitter suit and sang Beauty School Drop-Out.

Star performances also from Darren John who played the loveable geek Eugene and Sammy Kelly as ditsy Patty who between them provided plenty of laughs.

The dance routines were spectacular and the music from the band faultless.

If you are a Grease fan, or just love a good musical, then Grease is a must see. You will leave the auditorium wanted to sing and dance all night long.