'Grease' the musical comes to Singapore

By Zaki JufriEvents - 17 January 2014 12:00 AM | Updated 28 April 2014

'Grease' the musical comes to Singapore

What’s a great recipe for a musical?

Get some rockabilly songs from 50s and colourful characters from the days of rock ‘n’ roll; throw in a dash of teenage angst, several servings of slicked-back hair, some bee-hives, leather jackets, liberal doses of raw energy, lots of electrifying musical numbers, and what do we have? ‘Grease’.

Marina Bay Sands’ MasterCard Theatres will be transformed into Rydell High from 25 April as Broadway's 15th longest running show comes to town.

The quintessential and original high school musical will feature unforgettable songs from the hit movie of the same name, including ‘Summer Nights’, ‘Sandy, Hopelessly Devoted To You’, ‘You're The One That I Want’, ‘Greased Lightnin' and ‘Grease Is The Word’.

‘Grease’ takes place in and around fictitious Rydell High, and follows 10 working-class teenagers in 1959 as they experience the intricacies of love, friendship and rebellion. 

The story revolves around the relationship between "bad boy" Danny Zuko and "girl next door", Sandy.

Slinking into Danny’s leather jacket will be actor Stephen Mahy. Trained at the Western Academy of Performing Arts, Mahy, who is currently playing Kenickie in the production that is currently touring Australia, has appeared in shows such as 'Miss Saigon', 'Little Women' and 'Karaoke – The Musical'.

Donning Sandy’s poodle skirts will be Gretel Scarlett. The 27-year-old actress and dancer has starred in ‘Mamma Mia’, ‘Wicked The Musical’ and even choreographed the stage version of ‘Sweeney Todd’.

'Grease' characters Danny Zuko and Sandy. Photo: Jeff Busby


The story harks back to the hot rods and the 'Greasers" during one of America's most mythologised decades.

The film grew out of the original musical written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey that opened in 1971 in an experimental theatre in Chicago. With a non-professional cast of 18 and a budget of only US$171 (S$216), the “four-night-only” run played to full houses of 120 each night; the show was then extended repeatedly.

The show then moved to New York and opened off-Broadway in 1972. After receiving seven Tony award nominations, the show then premiered on Broadway proper later the same year. The first London production opened six months later with a young, unknown Richard Gere as Danny Zuko.

The stage production was then followed by the 1978 hit movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, which went on to become the highest grossing movie-musical of all time.

Most recently in 2007, the musical received a Tony award nomination for Best Musical Revival.

Grease - The Party Muscial

Grease - The Party Muscial

Date Apr 25, 2014 - May 11, 2014

VenueMasterCard Theatres

Ticket PriceS$60.00 - S$700.00
 (excludes booking fee)