'Grease' to electrify Manila again
MANILA - It's 1959 and leather jackets, pedal pushers, pompadours, poodle skirts and bobby socks were all the craze. The tail-end of the era meant that teenagers slowly forgot about the horrors of war that preceded it, letting bygones be bygones, and succumbing to the teenage hormones that filled the air.
It was a time of blissful ignorance.
And the iconic musical, "Grease," perfectly captures it, wrapping its audience again in the idyllic bubble of being in high school, where the most trivial of things meant the world.
9 Works Theatrical, to wrap up its 2013 season, aims to take Filipinos back to this era in 1950s, when drive-in theaters and diners were the place to be, with its modern adaptation of the 1971 hit, "Grease The Musical"
Directed by Robbie Guevara, and highly-influenced by the 1978 movie version featuring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, the musical will feature song favorites like "Summer Nights," "Greased Lightning" and "You're the One That I Want."
"Grease The Musical" will run for each weekend from November 9 to December 1 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium in RCBC Plaza, Makati.
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The "T-Birds" will be led by stage star Gian Magdangal as the head "greaser" Danny Zuko. He will be joined by Rafa Siguion-Reyna, Reb Atadero, Mark Tayag, and Vince Lim.
Sandy Dumbrowski, the innocent, wholesome, girl-next door, will be played by newcomer Frencheska Farr; while TV host Iya Villania will play the leader of the "Pink Ladies," Betty Rizzo.
Jennifer Blair–Bianco, radio personality Carla Dunareanu, Peachy Atilano and Sarah Facuri make up the Pink Ladies, while the rest of the Rydell High population will be played by Carlos Can, James Stacey, Harold Cruz, Sab Jose, Angela Padilla, and Carmelle Ros.
Those who watched the first run of "Grease" in the country back in 1995, according to the new cast members, can expect the same energetic show that will have audience's head bopping to the beat of its catchy soundtrack.
"We're planning to infect the audience with this fun we're having," Magdangal said during a recent press conference for the fresh local staging.
Villania, in an interview with ABS-CBN News, also pointed to this idea of fun in relating how she couldn't say no to the part of Betty Rizzo.
"Go agad! Who here doesn't know 'Grease'? It felt like it was something I would have fun doing," she said.
When asked if they changed anything in order to attract a more modern audience, Villania answered, "We really kept it original."
Farr added: "All fun talaga. Pero sa likod noon, makikita niyo yung story ng isang high school. Story siya ng mga iba't-ibang characters na dumadaan sa high school life at kung paano umiikot yung buhay nila at kung paano sila nag-grow. So sa process, they're having fun."