Grease 2, a staged concert based on the cult film of the same name, will play a one-off performance at the Lyric theatre next year, bringing the second instalment of Rydell High School romance to the West End for the first time.
The concert, which will be held on 27 January, tells the love story of The Pink Ladies’ leader Stephanie Zinone and English transfer student Michael Carrington as they take their blossoming relationship from bowling alley to burger joint, sing-a-long sex education class to talent show, and long motorcycle rides to a slightly incongruous luau ending.
Featuring songs including Who’s That Guy?, Score Tonight, Cool Rider, Reproduction, Girl For All Seasons and We’ll Be Together, Grease 2 In Concert is a celebration of the styles, moves and wheels made famous by one of the movies’ best-known fictional high schools.
Speaking about the first ever concert staging of Grease 2, co-producer Christopher D Clegg said: “As huge fans of the film it has been a dream of ours to produce a live incarnation complete with an amazing cast backed by a live band performing the full score plus some additional scenes written especially for the show.”
Promising to pay homage to the American musical film with a number of surprises along the way, the evening of entertainment will play for one night only before Michael Jackson musical Thriller Live regains the stage to showcase the distinctive dancing and unique sound of the King of Pop’s greatest hits.
The performers who will step into the shoes filled by a cast including Maxwell Caulfield and Michelle Pfeiffer in the 1982 film are still to be announced.