See ‘Grease’, the original high-school musical

2010-03-12 00:00

THE original high-school musical, Grease, is being staged in South Africa by Pieter Toerien, Paul Nicholas and David Ian.

Featuring an all South African cast, the show stars the wonderfully talented Jonathan Roxmouth (Beauty and the Beast, Rock Me Amadeus, A Handful of Keys) as Danny and Bethany Dickson (Sound of Music, Carousel) as Sandy. Performances are already under way at Artscape Cape Town (the run ends on April 11) and are set to get under way at the Teatro Montecasino in Johannesburg on April 17.

Grease, which is being staged in South Africa by arrangement with Robert Stigwood, is one of the most famous stage shows in the world. It had its Broadway première in 1972 and in 1979 took over the record as the longest-running show in the history of Broadway.

It was later made into a hit film, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, which became the highest-grossing movie musical of all time. And, since 1993 (when the version being staged here opened on the West End) the show has been seen by more than nine million people in the UK.

One of the reasons for its success was that Grease struck a universal chord with its irresistible mix of young love, adolescent angst, vibrant physicality and fifties pop culture. And then, of course, there are those wonderful songs — You’re The One That I Want, Grease Is The Word, Summer Nights, Hopelessly Devoted To You, Sandy and Greased Lightnin’, to name but a few.

Co-creators, Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, were friends for seven years before they collaborated on Grease and it was over a beer at a party when the idea first surfaced for a Broadway musical featuring music from the late fifties and characters from the golden days of rock ’n roll.

If you fancy seeing the South African production of Grease, which will be staged at the Teatro Montecasino until June 13, The Witness and Scotts Tours have the ideal solution for you.

The two companies have joined forces to offer readers a weekend theatre package which departs on May 15 and returns on May 16. It includes luxury coach travel from Pietermaritzburg to Johannesburg return, accommodation at the four- star Indaba Hotel on a bed- and-breakfast basis and a ticket for the show. Tickets are R1 600 per person sharing or R1 980 single. Scotts Tours also has a special rate for a group schools booking.

For more information and to book, telephon­e Scott’s Tours at 033 343 4022 or 033 343 2932, e-mail scotts@futurenet.co.za or log on to www.scottstours.co.za

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