The Wanted’s Tom Parker proves Grease is still the word

DEVOTED: Tom Parker as Danny and Danielle Hope as Sandy in Grease
DEVOTED: Tom Parker as Danny and Danielle Hope as Sandy in Grease
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WHEN the block-buster musical Grease first hit cinema screens in the Capital back in 1978, it ran not for weeks, but for months.

The all singing, all dancing students of Rydell High captured the hearts of cinema-goers the world over.

So too, the West End stage version has fired the imagination of generations for nearly 40 years.

John Travolta and Olivia Newton John may now be pensioners, but their timeless characters live on.

Yes, Grease is still the word and in the new touring production, at The Playhouse all this week, Tom Parker of The Wanted makes his theatrical debut as heart-throb Danny Zuko.

He’s joined by Over The Rainbow winner Danielle Hope as Sandy, with Louisa Lytton of The Bill, Strictly Come Dancing and EastEnders fame, as Rizzo.

Voted the No 1 Greatest Musical by Channel 4, Grease is a rock’n’roll love story, bursting with denim, cheerleaders, slick hairstyles, 1950’s pop culture and an irresistible mix of teenage angst and young romance.

The ultimate feel-good pick-me up, the musical premiered on Broadway in 1972. The original high-school musical, it features everyone’s favourite characters - Sandy, Danny, the groovy T Birds, the sassy Pink Ladies and the whole gang at Rydell High.

It’s also packed with a raft of unforgettable karaoke favourites, including You’re The One That I Want, Grease Is The Word, Summer Nights, Hopelessly Devoted to You, Sandy, Greased Lightnin’ and more.

So, dust off your leather jackets, pull on your bobby-socks and get ready for Danny and Sandy to fall in love all over again.

Grease, Playhouse, Greenside Place, until Saturday, various times, £15-£53.50, 0844 871 3014