Grease (u hrvatskom prijevodu Briljantin) je općepoznati mjuzikl iz 1971. godine koji je doživio nekoliko remake-ova. Najslavnija adaptacija originalnog mjuzikla je film u kojem glume slavni John Travolta i Olivia Newton John iz 1978. 

Radnja predstave prati grupu američkih teenagera koji nastavljaju srednjoškolsko obrazovanje nakon ljetnih praznika. Teenageri pripadaju subkulturi radničke klase 1950-ih, tzv. Greasers

Tokom ljetnih praznika srednjoškolci Danny Zuko (Dan Partridge) i Sandy Dumbrowsky (Martha Kirby) su se upoznali i imali vezu.  Nisu ostali par jer su pogrešno mislili da će Sandy pohađati drugu srednju školu. Njihovi ljubavni problemi jedna su od dvije glavne tema predstave. Druga je odnos Dannyja i njegove družbe koja se okuplja ispred restorana s burgerima i Sandyjini pokušaji uklapanja u društvo u novoj školi. Ljubavne trzavice Dannyja i Sandy potaknu Dannyja da se počne baviti trčanjem kako bi impresionirao drugu djevojku u školi, Patty (Jessica Croll).

U pozadini standardnih teenagerskih dogodovština prisutne su i ozbiljnije društvene teme poput siromaštva, nasilja među bandama i maloljetničke trudnoće. 

Zanimljivi su bili svjetlosni efekti projicirani na prozirnu mrežu ispred pozornice. Čini mi se da je ova mreža uklonjena u nekom trenutku ali propustila sam uočiti na koji način. Dok je bila prisutna ostvarivala je određeni prigušeni svjetlosni efekt. 

Glazba je bila izvođena uživo s uzdignutog podija u desnom kutu pozornice. 

One hit wonder 90-ih, Peter Andre, ima manju ulogu u prestavi – glumi anđela koji savjetuje Sandynu prijateljicu Frenchie (Eloise Davies). Jedan hit (Mysterious girl), u kombinaciji s nauljenim 6-packom i mokrim pramenovima, bio je dovoljan da ga generacije zapamte. Peterova pojava na pozornici prouzročila je opću euforiju dotad suzdržane publike. Publika je živnula ponovno tijekom ‘odjavne špice’ kada su se ponovili raniji hitovi, ali sada s prisutnim Peterom. Nadala sam se da će nas izvođači pozvati na pozornicu (kao tijekom Kluba Tropicana), uvjerena da bih se ovog puta odazvala pozivu 🙂 Moj entuzijazam morat će pričekati neku drugu predstavu kojoj će, kao i uvijek do sada, uslijediti osvrt. A dotad uživajte u spotu: 

Vendi Jukić Buča & Berislav Buča

U Oxfordu, 3 10 2019


Grease is the word in Oxford this autumn

GRAB your T-Birds and Pink Ladies and head on down to the New Theatre Oxford this autumn when the cast of Grease The Musical will be taking to the stage. 

Singer Peter Andre stars as Teen Angel in the show, which runs October 1 – 5, and it is the first new production in 25 years of the iconic musical. Joining him on stage will be Dan Partridge, Martha Kirby, Louis Gaunt and Rhianne-Louise McCaulsky will star as Danny, Sandy, Kenickie and Rizzo respectively.

Dan Partridge most recently played Rum Tum Tugger in Cats (International Tour), Link in Hairspray (UK Tour) and Pepper in Mamma Mia! (Novello Theatre). Martha Kirby will be graduating for the Guildford School of Acting this summer, 2019, and makes her professional debut as Sandy. Louis Gaunt recently played Will Parker in Oklahoma! (Grange Park Opera), for which he won the 2018 The Stage Debut Award for Best Actor in a Musical, and Manfred in Sweet Charity (Nottingham Playhouse). Rhianne-Louise McCaulsky most recently appeared in Bat Out of Hell – The Musical (Dominion Theatre). Prior to that, she appeared in The Book of Mormon (Prince Of Wales Theatre).

Also in the cast are Jordan Abey as Doody, Ryan Anderson as Roger, Damian Buhagiar as Sonny, Eloise Davies as Frenchy, Natalie Woods as Jan, Tara Sweeting as Marty, Dale White as Eugene, Jessica Croll as Patty Simcox, Corinna Powlesland as Miss Lynch, Abigail Climer as Cha Cha, Darren Bennett as Vince Fontaine and Will Haswell as Johnny Casino. Completing the cast are Thea Bunting as Cynthia, Emily Beth Harrington as Carly, Jonathan Hermosa Lopez as Bobby, Dom Hutcheson as Mickey, Ruby May Martinwood as Sofia and Lindsay McAllister as Donna Sue.

Producer Colin Ingram said: “At last a new production of GREASE with a cast who look and dance like they are in high school! It’s time to come back to one of the most popular musicals of all time with this new production with grit, energy and sass.”

Choreographer Arlene Philips said: “I’m so thrilled to have the opportunity to choreograph a new production of GREASE. This new production is going to be edgy, vibrant and certainly takes a new look at this very exciting musical. The cast are incredible, many of them fresh out of college and ready to burst onto the stage.” 

GREASE originally opened in Chicago in 1971, followed by a move to Broadway in 1972, where it received seven Tony Award nominations, including one for Best Musical. During the show’s eight-year run, at the time, little known actors, including Peter Gallagher, Patrick Swayze and John Travolta, all appeared in the production, with Richard Gere understudying many roles before going on to star as Danny Zuko in the 1973 London premiere. 

The 1978 film adaptation starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton John, when adjusted for inflation, is the highest-grossing live action musical of all time and celebrated its 40th anniversary last year. The musical features beloved songs, including Summer Nights, Greased Lightnin’, Hopelessly Devoted To You and You’re The One That I Want.

[izvor informacije The New Theatre Oxford]