I should’ve been born in the 50s.
No, I’m serious.
Do you know how much I love big skirts and awesome dancing? A lot.
Do you know how much I love Grease? A LOT.
When I was little, I watched Grease in Turkey. When we moved to the US, one of the first things I bought was the Grease Soundtrack and I would listen to it EVERY NIGHT. I wanted to dance like them. I wanted to be able to sing like them and I was in heaven when they released the movie to the theaters on its 20th Anniversary so I could see it on the big screen! Whenever the movie is on TV, I have to stop whatever I’m doing and watch it.
I always thought I wanted to be Sandy but my experiences in my teens and early 20s proved to me that I was more like Rizzo*.
So imagine my reaction when my friend texted me last night and said that her friend had 2 extra tickets to Grease at the National Theatre and asked me if I would be interested**.
Because I love the movie so much and I only have eyes for John Travolta, I was a little worried that I wouldn’t enjoy it so I tried not to fixate on the cast. I, of course, had to start focusing on them and didn’t want to miss a beat because they were AMAZING. It was obvious they were having a lot of fun and they did a fantastic job. Of course ‘Danny’ couldn’t hit the same note John Travolta hits at the end of Summer Loving but he had my heart at the first hip thrust.
And then there was Taylor Hicks.
I’ll be honest. I hadn’t heard the man sing once. I didn’t watch American Idol and never paid attention when he was on TV. He was the ‘Teen Angel’ that sings Beauty School Dropout to Frenchie…and let me tell you…He definitely got into the role of ‘Angel’ but he was obviously a diva. I was NOT disappointed though. He was entertaining and pretty funny and I enjoyed his singing. When the play was over, he sang his new single (FREE CONCERT!).
Overall, I was giddy ALL NIGHT LONG. I was singing along to EVERY SONG and fell in love with Grease on a brand new level. If you’re looking for a great time, the cast*** will be at the National Theatre until Feb 21st.
If you could see one play on Broadway, what would it be?
Who’s your favorite character from Grease? Ladies, would you be a Pink Lady or a poodle-skirt wearing Sandra Dee?
Seen any plays lately? What’s your favorite play and/or musical?
*If I had one wish, it would be to be talented enough to play Rizzo on stage.
**If any of you ever have an extra ticket to a play, my answer will ALWAYS be YES! (Thanks to DMBosstone for being the first to ask me last summer and giving me an opportunity to see Spring Awakening at the Kennedy Center)
***Major shout out to Jamison Scott who played Eugene. It was fantastic meeting you!!