Reviews for Grease, 2014

Derby Telegraph - Kevin Redfern

This second production from Derby Youth Musical Theatre smashes the challenge of beating last year’s magnificent OUR HOUSE, by taking on the iconic GREASE. Now that’s ambition.

You know the story. As much a rose-tinted look at the era of the first teenagers, the eternal story of ...boy meets girl is brought to boisterous life with the enthusiasm and energy that exemplifies this group. Huge, whirling dance numbers celebrate the 1950s with a perfect soundtrack that breathes life and soul into the production. The orchestra are exceptional; had it only been the hits, it would have been an excellent night.

But then we have the actors. The T-Birds bring the swagger with deceptive ease, each carefully created character completely unique and equally thrilling to watch; the Pink Ladies are sassy counterparts to their macho but insecure opposites. Where GREASE succeeds is in overturning the iconic movie by playing against type. Kenickie’s more intimidating, Sonny more libidinous. Frenchie is more soulful, Marty more extroverted. In a show packed with excellent, well calibrated performances of considerable intricacy, Rachel Bayliss’ quick-tempered Rizzo and Josh Enright’s taciturn Kenickie bring the pathos. Johan Holloway’s over-enthusiastic Eugene is a highlight. But Ben Rose’s charismatic, sensitive Danny and Rebecca Adcock’s prim but strong Sandy reign supreme, both displaying enviable vocal talent turning old favourites into numbers that brought the house down.

They’ve done it again. DYMT is possibly Derby’s best youth company. This is certainly the liveliest, most energetic and joyous musical this year.

Musical TV - David Allen

Grease has just finished here at the Guildhall Theatre in Derby. The finale of this show by the Derby Youth Theatre summed this up - an energetic, well performed and well sung show. The leading parts played by Ben Rose and Rebecca Adcock ...were excellent but really the whole cast need to be congratulated for excellent performances.

The quality of the singing, dancing and acting was very high. The rapturous applause from the audience was well deserved. The production by Peter Waters was dynamic and exciting. The choreography by Caroline Green was similarly excellent. The band directed by Charlotte Daniel was very good and her work with the cast had obviously worked well.