Mary Byrne will bring some added ‘X Factor’ to Grease when she guest stars as ‘Teen Angel’ in the smash hit musical for its limited one week season in Derry next year.
The Irish singing sensation will leave audiences hopelessly devoted to her charms when Grease rocks into the Millennium Forum from 27 February- 3 March 2012.
Following its electrifyin’ 4 year London run and for the first time in over five years, the hit West End show Grease began a new tour this spring. Back by popular demand, Grease premiered at the Edinburgh Playhouse on 6 May 2011 and continues to rock ’n’ roll around the UK and Ireland this year and into 2012.
Danny Bayne stars as ‘Danny’ with Carina Gillespie as his sweetheart ‘Sandy’, as the couple follow in the footsteps of John Travolta and Olivia Newton John who famously played the roles in the hit 1978 movie.
The cast also includes: Ricky Rojas (‘Kenickie’), Kate Somerset How (‘Rizzo’), Derek Andrews (‘Roger’), Laura Wilson (‘Jan’), Richard Vincent (‘Doody’), Lauren Stroud (‘Frenchy’), Josh Dever (‘Sonny’), Lois Urwin (‘Marty’), Darren John (‘Eugene’), Sammy Kelly (‘Patty’), Nancy Hill ‘(Miss Lynch’) and Sophie Zucchini (‘Cha Cha’), with other parts played by the ensemble.
Mary Byrne rose to fame in 2010 after becoming a finalist on the seventh series of ITV1’s The X Factor. Watched by millions, she wowed audiences with her stunning performances week after week. Following her elimination in the live semi-final, Mary signed a record deal with Sony Records.
Her debut album ‘Mine & Yours’, released in March 2011, spent two weeks at the number 1 spot and has since spent eight weeks in the top five of the Irish music charts. The album was produced by hit-maker Nigel Wright who has worked with stars such as Barbara Streisand, Shirley Bassey and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Byrne recently performed for the Queen of England, having been invited to sing at a special concert celebrating Her Majesty’s first state visit to Ireland in May, and she also appeared as a special guest for Neil Diamond in concert at the Aviva Stadium on 25 June. She will join the cast of Grease in August to make her stage debut as ‘Teen Angel’ at the Grand Canal Theatre Dublin and will reprise the role next year for the Derry dates of the tour.
Danny Bayne won ITV’s Grease is the Word (2007) and went on to make his West End debut as ‘Danny’ in Grease playing the role for over two years at the Piccadilly Theatre to sell-out audiences.
Carina Gillespie trained at the Liverpool Theatre School and made her professional stage debut as ‘Maria Elena’ in the hugely successful musical Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story.
Since breaking out on Broadway in 1972, Grease’s place has been firmly established in the cultural Hall of Fame, having seduced the hearts of millions with its back-to-back sizzling tunes. It’s the original high-school musical featuring everyone’s favourite characters - ‘Sandy’, ‘Danny’, the groovy ‘T Birds’, the sassy ‘Pink Ladies’ and the whole gang at Rydell High - with all the unforgettable songs from the hit movie including ‘You’re The One That I Want’, ‘Grease Is The Word’, ‘Summer Nights’, ‘Hopelessly Devoted to You’, ‘Sandy’, ‘Greased Lightnin’’ and many more.
Voted the “No 1 Greatest Musical” Grease has proved that a musical love story, bursting with denim, cheerleaders, slick hairstyles, rock ’n ’roll, 1950’s pop culture and an irresistible mix of teenage angst and young romance is timeless and universal. Grease is the ultimate feel-good, pick-me up musical - an electrifyin’ extravaganza, packed with fun, energy and vibrant physicality.
The show is guaranteed to thrill audiences and leave everyone hand-jiving the night away with “a-wop-bop-a-loo-bop, a wop-bam-boom!”
This production originally opened in the West End in 1993 (co-produced with Robert Stigwood) where it enjoyed a fantastic run of six years. The last international tour of Grease was a phenomenal success, playing to sell-out audiences and smashing records at many venues. Since 1993 the show has been seen by audiences totalling over 12 million people in the UK alone. Last year, a second production played internationally in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Auckland and Hong Kong. Grease continues to maintain its everlasting popularity, proving its enduring appeal with audiences of every generation worldwide.
Written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, directed by David Gilmore (Daisy Pulls It Off, Happy Days, Song & Dance, Footloose) and choreographed by Arlene Phillips (Starlight Express, Saturday Night Fever, Flashdance The Musical & BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing), Grease is produced in the West End and on tour by Paul Nicholas and David Ian and is presented by arrangement with Robert Stigwood.
GREASE performs at the Millennium Forum from Mon 27th February until Sat 3rd March 2012. Tickets go on sale on Friday 22nd July. Telephone the Box Office on 71 264455 or visit www.millenniumforum.co.uk for tickets.