REVIEW: Grease at the Bristol Hippodrome starring Jimmy Osmond

PUBLISHED: 09:35 06 June 2017 | UPDATED: 12:42 06 June 2017

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Grease jived into the Bristol Hippodrome last night (Monday) for a six-night run, where Jimmy Osmond showed off his theatrical credentials in a five-minute cameo.

The full Grease cast.The full Grease cast.

The show needs very little introduction – it inspired the hit film starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John and the Grease medley is a mainstay of cheesy club nights and wedding discos.

When this production hit its heights, it was easy to get lost in the dances (flawless throughout) and the familiar songs.

But, as can be expected on an opening night, there were one or two teething troubles. It is easy to forgive a misjudged light cue. But some of the lead actors’ voices seemed a little below par, whether through illness or the wrong settings on their microphones.

The Pink Ladies in Grease.The Pink Ladies in Grease.

Thankfully this was largely rectified in the second act, and Danielle Hope (Sandy), who shone from the get-go, hit all the right notes in Hopelessly Devoted To You.

Callum Evans as bumbling, geeky Eugene was a surprise highlight, while Osmond (Teen Angel) received the best audience reaction of the night – and matched the expectation with an outstanding vocal performance.

Although Danny and Sandy get main billing, Grease is more of an ensemble piece – and it was when the full cast were together on stage that it triumphed.

The T-Birds in Grease.The T-Birds in Grease.

We Go Together, with the perfectly-timed hand jive moves, was excellent, and ensured a rousing finish to both the first and second acts.

And Greased Lightnin’, led by Tom Senior as Kenickie, provided an energetic boost and was the moment the show really came together.

You largely know what to get with Grease – music which will be stuck in your head for days, some hilarious moments, big skirts and big hair. On those elements, the show definitely delivered.

Danny and Sandy in Grease.Danny and Sandy in Grease.

Fans of the film and the uninitiated will certainly enjoy this performance, and no doubt will be clapping and dancing along by the end.

Grease will be at the Bristol Hippodrome at 7.30pm tonight (Tuesday) until Thursday. There will then be 5.30pm and 8.30pm performances on Friday and Saturday.

Tickets, priced £21.00-51.50, are available from the Bristol Hippodrome website.


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