Portfolio of Kimberly Johans

A collection of articles created during my stint as a journalist at The Macau Daily Times

Grease: musical performed like a finely tuned machine

Posted by Kimberly on October 29, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
October 29, 2007, page 5 (434 words)

 

Those that intend to watch Grease-The Musical tonight at the Cultural Centre should be warned that if you’re expecting a copy of the popular movie, then think again.
The production follows the original ideas of Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey who wrote the musical in 1970.
The matinee performance yesterday was packed and the audience immediately got into the show, clapping along to the popular radio tunes.
A few brave people took to the stage with compere Vince Fontaine, who tried his best to warm up the audience and to a large extent, managed to succeed.
The audience was definitely more receptive early on, something that isn’t usually the case in Macau.
There were some scenes that seemed misplaced when all there is to compare it to is the movie, such as The song ‘Look at me, I’m Sandra Dee’ which as sung much later in the show.
As well, a few songs such by the other members of the main groups, such as Marty’s solo in the sleepover scene, Kenickie taking over the solo ‘Greased Lightning’ song from Danny, while ‘We Go Together’ is sung before the second act as well as at the end. Finally, Sandy is nowhere to be seen at the school dance, rather, singing ‘Hopelessly Devoted To You’ at home.
There are, of course, many other differences, but the movie was apparently adapted to suit a different audience and changed to allow for greater revenue power.
Yet none of these detracted at all from the productions’ success, indeed, it gave another interpretation that was just as enjoyable.
Jamey Isenor as Danny seemed to relish the role, with his moments of comedy inciting laughter at the appropriate times.
Hanna-Liina Vosa’s Sandy was just as convincing, although not as sweet as would have been expected.
Both actors managed to keep up the enthusiasm throughout their performances, with the only hiccup occurring during Hanna-Liina’s rendition of ‘Look At Me, I’m Sandra Dee’ where she sung the wrong words, but unless members of the audience knew the songs off by heart, there wouldn’t have noticed.
The supporting cast was wonderful, with Amanda Baker’s Marty so convincing, and her voice, so good, she could have taken the lead role.
Stephanie Girard’s Rizzo was hilarious and her enjoyment of her role shone through at every opportunity, her voice really shining during her solo of ‘There Are Worse Things I Could Do’.
In all, the production was well worth waiting for and no doubt, their last performance tonight will ensure the cast and crew get a well-deserved appreciation of their efforts over the past four days.

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