Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey Grease It premiered in 1971, and after 3388 performances on Broadway, in 1978 it became the most successful musical of all time.

John Travolta played a narcissistic gang leader and a heartthrob, a handsome naughty hairpin. Olivia Newton-John played the solid and proper Goody Two Shoes who did not smoke, drink or sleep.

School musical comedies have always been popular since the 1930s, when they usually starred the cute Mickey Rooney and the good Judy Garland.

Grease nostalgically looking back to the 1950s when things were not so good. It was an era of leather jackets, skirts with balloons, tight buns and clipped hair, an era when kids had to decide who their model would be. Will it be Sandra Dee or Elvis Presley? Will they be square or steep?

After the 1978 film there were many stage versions. Grease now returned to the Dominion, where from 1993 to 1996 he held 236 performances.

The current production of director Nicholas Foster is based on stage and film versions. The scene is loud and colorful. Lighting is often dazzling. The storyline is weak. Too much chatter, too much screaming. The Dominion is the barn of the theater. The show is much louder, and it’s not always clear who’s talking.

Starring Don Partridge and Olivia Moore. Moore is off stage too long for them to have real contact with each other and for anyone to take care of them.

Yokosta Almgil has an impact on There are worse things I could do. Peter Andre gets a star in the supporting role of Vince Fontaine. One of the best moments is the singing of Noah Harrison and Mary Moore The moon.

I liked the energetic departure from the choreography of Arlene Phillips the most, when everyone was waving their legs and arms, especially in Oiled Lightning and Shaking in Hop High School.

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Robert Tanitch reviews Grease at Dominion Theatre, London

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