One slick musical

Mary Byrne joins the cast of Grease.
Mary Byrne joins the cast of Grease.

GREASE, it would appear, is the word.

The 1950s-based musical relates the tale of a young, high school couple – Danny (Danny Bayne) and Sandy (Carina Gillespie) – who meet on holiday and fall in love.

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MEMBERS OF THE CAST OF GREASE THE MUSICAL PICTURED AT THE GRAND CANAL THEATRE ,DUBLIN WITH MARY BYRNE WHO IS MAKING HER THEATRE DEBUT, AS TEEN ANGEL IN GREASE THE MUSICAL WHICH RUNS AT THE GRAND CANAL THEATRE UNTIL 27TH AUGUST 2011 ....'TICKETS FROM 25 EURO ARE ON SALE....FOR MORE SEE www.grandcanaltheatre.ie''PIX BRIAN MCEVOY'NO REPRO FEE FOR ONE USE

In a remarkable coincidence, the girl’s family up sticks and move to a town in America which by uncanny chance is home to the same high school that Danny attends.

But, on a chance meeting, Danny refuses to defy his self-cultured, cool stance – unwilling to lose face in front of his friends in the T-Bird gang.

Sandy, on the other hand, is adopted by the female gang, the Pink Ladies, at Rydell High.

What ensues are laughs and songs galore as Danny and Sandy take the long way around finding each other again: she dates a jock which infuriates Danny and forces him to take a more athletic route.

The world-famous film was adapted from a highly-regarded theatrical show which has been pulling people in since 1972.

It has been voted the number one greatest musical and proved that a mixture of cheerleaders, slick hairstyles, rock ‘n’ roll, 50s culture and an irresistible blend of teenage angst and youthful love is timeless and universal.

This version of the musical has a special appearance by Mary Byrne – an X Factor finalist from 2010.

Mary will play the part of Teen Idol – played in the movie by Frankie Avalon – who sings Beauty School Drop-Out to the morose Frenchie (Lauren Stroud).

This production originally opened in London’s West End in 1993 where it enjoyed a fantastic run of six years.

It returned to the West End in July 2007 and during its triumphant run played more than 1,500 performances and was seen by a more than 1.5 million theatre-goers.

The songs are difficult to forget from the opening theme song – Grease – to hits such as Sandy, Greased Lighting, You’re The One That I Want, Summer Nights and Hopelessly Devoted To You.

All in all, this show is guaranteed to thrill audiences and leave everyone hand-jiving the night away.

n Grease is playing at the King’s Theatre from Tuesday, January 17 until Saturday, January 28.

Performance begins at 7.30pm (Monday to Thursday), 8.30pm (Friday and Saturday) and tickets range from £10 to £34.50.