Sandy (Veronika Riedl) is starting at a new high school. She’s a nice girl who finds a connection with the wilder group of girls at the school. But she is really thrown when she realizes that Danny (Alexander Jahnke), the nice boy she met over the summer, also goes to that school. Only that the Danny she meets at school – the coolest boy there – is nothing like the sweet guy she met before.
I saw the stage version already a few years ago, though I could barely remember that production when I booked tickets for this one. I found this production of Grease entertaining, but it still doesn’t manage to eclipse the movie version.
I really love the movie version, despite all of its faults, and when I think of Grease, that’s what I see and expect and hear. That means that the stage version, even if it came before the film, is always the thing being compared and not the thing being compared to. And I’m afraid that most stage versions will lose out – this one isn’t any different.
That’s not to say that it is a bad production. It’s colorful and fun and the music is simply good. It was nice to bop along to it all. And of course, it did catch me emotionally again as well. The costumes in their neon sugar optics were also nicely done.
The cast is absolutely solid and good, but they didn’t entirely blow me away. They did fine, but here again, the film version just screwed them over – every time they differed from the intonations, I had to consciously remind myself that it was okay to sing it differently.
Even though I enjoyed the evening, I don’t think it will be a show that will stick around in my head for a long time. And if I do remember, I probably won’t get tickets for the next Grease live show. I’d rather watch the film instead.
Summarizing: Fun, but probably won’t stick around in my head.