LUCKILY for me – I have two very good friends who enjoy singing at all times – they’re in the Rock Choir which fulfils most of their desire to sing – the rest of the time you have to be very careful not to get them together at the pub or suddenly inadvertently quote a song…..
Here is their review. They clearly had a brilliant time.
Sing-a-long-a-Grease 15 April 2012
As amateur singers and yes, unlike Lucy, unashamed musical theatre fans, it was a no-brainer to delve into the world of sing-a-long at Richmond Theatre! “The most fun you can have with your clothes on!” claimed one review. Well, that did it for us. OK, call us sad (and our children certainly did!) but we even felt inspired to dress the part in Sandy spandex leggings, fifties shirt-waister, neck ties and stilettos.
It was a bit worrying, when we approached the theatre and the crowd outside looked decidedly ‘normal’. However, by the time we approached the bar, we had passed a fair number of Pink Ladies and Sandies (ages spanning at least 6 decades!). There was a definite lack of testosterone; one brave Danny lurking in the background and not a leather-jacketed T-Bird in sight.
Admittedly, once in the auditorium amidst this throng of bonkers Grease enthusiasts, we did begin to feel glad we weren’t a) with our children (any remaining street-cred gone forever) and b) with our friends (ditto). To a roar of excitement, the warm-up ‘high school girl’ bounced onto the stage wearing her ‘sleepover’ pj’s and shouted “Heeeeelllooooo everyyyybooodyyyy,” OMG! We were in the middle of either, a panto (aargh!), or a children’s party (aaaarrrrrgghh!). We even had a goody bag full of props to throw/wave/wear at the appropriate time in the film! During the warm up some people claimed to have seen the film as many as 20 times, a fact borne out by their word perfect knowledge of not only the song, but also the script! She whipped them up into a frenzy: fancy dress competition, heckles, chants, actions…
It was a relief when “Grease” began! Everyone settled down to listen to the opening credits and we had forgotten over the large number of elapsed years what a great feel-good film it is. John Travolta, more sexy and entertaining than we remembered (sadly now reminiscent of our teenage sons!) and Sandy, fresh faced, squeaky clean and hopelessly in love. As the intro to “Summer Loving” began, the 100’s of ‘singers’ rose to their feet and bellowed out the words (not the tune!) as they popped up on screen. And that set the tone for the rest of the evening.
It’s easy to be scathing, but everyone still there by the interval (a few left early on realising their mistake!) were having LOADS of fun with their clothes on. A group of adults with learning difficulties in the seats behind us, were loving every minute and knew every word; pink ‘Frenchy’ wigs were on sale for £3 in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer; groups of friends and families were laughing together on a relatively inexpensive, inhibition-free night out. There are some great melodies, with poignant words such as Rizzo’s, ” There are Worse Things I Could Do”‘ Sandy’s, “Hopelessly Devoted to You” and Danny’s, “Stranded at the Drive-in”. The acting, if not Oscar-winning, was fast-paced, witty and definitely smutty enough to appeal timelessly to the thick skinned youth of 2012.
We have certainly had “more fun with our clothes on” doing other things…but that’s another story. However, this is a formula that could run and run and certainly has a place. Sing-a-long-a-Blues Brothers, Les Mis, West Side Story…look very carefully and perhaps we’ll be in the throng.
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