Grease is the word

Sunday night was opening night of the Grease musical here in Perth, and I was lucky enough to get two tickets. Nothing compares to the movie, and if you’re expecting an exact replica, you may be disappointed. I was a little worried how it would play out on the stage, but the end result was a whole lot of fun.

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The stage show is all about the music. There’s a live band elevated at the rear of the stage, pumping out the tunes and the singing was amazing.

The highlight of the evening was without a doubt Todd McKenney as Teen Angel, singing Beauty School Dropout. He is a true performer and looked like he was having so much fun (and totally hamming it up).

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The casting of Bert Newton as Vince Fontaine was a bit strange, particularly in the dance competition scene. John Paul Young’s cameo as Johnny Casino in the same scene was fun.

The story felt more superficial than the movie. There was not enough acting scenes to really feel a connection with the characters.

All up I had a fun girl’s night out, and am all inspired to make a few circle skirts and maybe Celeste will find herself in a Pink Ladies jacket sometime soon! (But I definitely won’t be wearing anything like Sandy’s outfit in the final scene – oh my!).

And well, since this is a craft blog, here’s a few sewing patterns to inspire you to create your own Grease look! Vintage Simplicity 8742 has some great looks from the show:

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For your Pink Ladies or T-bird jacket requirements (and of course, your Auto-Shop overalls), there’s Simplicity 8745:

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For the kids, vintage Simplicity 8878 has got you covered:

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These are all vintage patterns, so may be hard to track down. Lots of 50s style patterns are making a comeback though, so it might be worth searching the pattern books at your local sewing shop for more Grease inspiration.

Grease is at Crown Theatre until July 27.

Disclosure: I received 2 complimentary tickets for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

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