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GREASE in Manila (review)

With a set design that includes a structure shaped like a jukebox and stairs typical of high school buildings, one would know what type of show Grease is, even without a performer onstage. Yes, Grease in Manila is a musical about high school students in the 1950s, an exploration of their experiences with love, friendship, adolescence, and other social issues. All these youthful encounters are presented thru great songs, beautifully choreographed dance numbers, and colorful 50's costumes.

Grease in Manila promises one great ride of reminiscing our youth and school days. The young and new faces on stage mirror the enthusiasm and exuberance which we all once felt during our teenage years.  

Directed by Robbie Guevara with assistant director Lorenz Martinez, the musical highlights each and every character like GMA Kapuso's Frencheska Farr as Sandy Dumbrowski and Gian Magdangal as Danny Zuko. Both performers showed powerful vocals and flawless dance moves. Magdangal, who practically spent his growing up years on stage as a singer and actor, gives a stellar and lively performance as Danny. Singer-actress Farr,on the other hand, displayed not only her acting and singing prowess but also managed to impress the audience with her beauty and glowing smile.

Newcomer Rafa Siguion-Reyna, who played Kenickie, also showed his best vocals and suave moves on stage like there's no tomorrow especially when he sang "Grease Lightning". Rafa is the son of filmmaker Carlo Siguion-Reyna and actress-scriptwriter Bibeth Orteza, and also the grandson of one of the country's most respected celebrities, Armida Siguion-Reyna

Although the scenes featuring the lead actors are highly enjoyable, I also found the scenes where The T-Birds meets or performs with the Pink Ladies wickedly amusing. I always had a smile on my face every time they performed and there never was a dull moment with them on stage.

The T-Birds were played by Reb Atadero (Roger), Mark Tayag (Sonny), and Vince Lim (Doody) the Pink Ladies were played by  Peachy Atilano (Frenchie), Jennifer Blair-Bianco/Iya Villania (Betty), and Sarah Facuri (Jan). Peachy Atilano as Frenchy was simply astounding. I saw myself in her character, and for a moment there,  I remember my dearest high school friends. Owww..also count the butt exposures hmmm..hehe..

You have to watch out also for the Teen Angel, who will be portrayed by a different singer-actor of our country each time. Last Saturday it was "My Husband's Lover" Tom Rodriguez who played the part and he was so impressive on stage that the audience couldn't contain their excitement. More promising and hunk singer-actors will appear as Teen Angel in the coming shows. 

Don't miss this chance to see this multi-awarded musical which became a stepping stone for stars like John Travolta, Richard Gere and Patrick Swayze,who all played Danny; as  well as Olivia Newton-John (Sandy), Rosie O'Donnell, and Brooke Shields as Betty. Grease is one of Broadway's longest running shows, and you will never wonder why, after you've seen it.

Grab your tickets now so you can be assured of your coveted seats. AND, prepare yourself for an enjoyable evening of rock 'en roll, dance, love, and laughter. Then, don't forget to get up and strut your stuff when the whole cast sings "We Go Together".

9 Works  Theatrical production assures you that every Grease performance night at Carlos P. Romulo Theater in RCBC Makati, which will run all weekends from November 9 to December  1, 2013, will not be a waste of your time nor money.

For tickets and other inquiries, you may call 586-7105 or 0917-55460 or email Follow 9 Works Theatrical in Facebook/9WorksTheatrical, Twitter/9WTonline and Instagram/9WTonline and join the discussion with the hashtag #GREASEManila.

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