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Grease 2 in Concert - Lyric Theatre (extra show)

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

COOL Rider, formerly entitled Grease 2 in Concert, has added a second show to its schedule. As well as the 7.30pm performance (now sold out), there will be another at 11pm – both on January 27, 2014.

It has also been announced that Reece Shearsmith will star as biology teacher Mr Stuart.

Although Shearsmith is best known for his television work in The League of Gentleman and Psychoville, both for the BBC, he has also appeared in films including The World’s End and Shaun of the Dead.

His recent stage work includes Gilvert Chilvers in Betty Blue Eyes (Novello Theatre), Leo Bloom in The Producers (Theatre Royal Drury Lane) and Professor Philip Goodman in Ghost Stories (Duke of York’s Theatre).

Previously Posted: On Monday, January 27, 2014 and for one night only, Christopher D. Clegg and James DP Drury are presenting the West End premiere of Grease 2 at the Lyric Theatre.

Based on the cult 1982 movie of the same name, Grease 2 tells the heady love story of Pink Lady Stephanie Zinone and English transfer student Michael Carrington.

It follows their road to romance from bowling alley to burger joint, sing-a-long-a-sex education class to talent show, and long (and beautifully lit) romantic motorcycle rides to a slightly incongruous luau ending.

Featuring the hit songs Who’s That Guy?, Score Tonight, Cool Rider (which will be sung precariously atop a step ladder without the aid of wires for safety), Girl for all Seasons and Rock-a-Hula Luau (Summer Is Coming), Grease 2 In Concert celebrates the infamous styles, moves and wheels of the greatest high school of all time.

Paramount Pictures released Grease 2 in the wake of the huge popularity of its predecessor Grease, which starred John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. However, despite being produced by Allan Carr and Robert Stigwood, featuring a catchy-score and witty book and with a cast headed by Michelle Pfeifer and Maxwell Caulfield, it failed to ignite the box office.

Nevertheless, it quickly cemented itself as a firm favourite amongst cult movie and musical fans and, according to the press release, this staged concert will pay homage to its sheer brilliance and shortcomings with many surprises along the way.

Grease 2 co-producer Christopher D. Clegg said: “James and I are delighted to be bringing the UK’s first live concert staging of Grease 2 to the West End next year. As huge fans of the film it has been a dream of ours to produce a live incarnation complete with an amazing cast backed by a live band performing the full score plus some additional scenes written especially for the show”.

Casting has yet to be announced.

Tickets (on sale now): £17.50 – 35. Concessions: (Seniors/NUS Card Holders/Un-waged) on the day best available for £27.50. Group Rates: 8+ Best Available for £27.50 (0844 482 9678 or groups@nimaxtheatres.com).

Box Office: 0844 412 4661 (See Tickets), 0844 482 9674 (The Ticket Factory), www.nimaxtheatres.com/.

Time: 7.30pm.