NSMT’s production of “Grease” is a nostalgic trip back to school, poodle skirts and doo-wop music.
At its core, “Grease” is really a simple story about high school life in 1959. The original stage version debuted in 1971 and then moved to Broadway in 1972. The movie adaptation become a hit in 1978, but don’t be fooled: this is not the one you know.
We all know the story: Danny Zuko and Sandy have a summer romance but it ends when it’s time to go back to school. Soon Danny discovers that his wholesome summer fling is the new girl in school. As much as he wants her, he can’t because his macho-guy reputation as leader of the T-Birds would come into question.
Teen lovebirds Danny Zuko (Matthew Ragas) and Sandy Dumbrowski (Ephie Aardema) are not worthy of their iconic roles. It was really hard to get invested in them as a couple. The chemistry they shared on the stage was like two fish out of water. Ragas never projected the authority of a natural leader of the T-Birds.
My favorite was Lilly Tobin who plays Frenchy. Her bubbly and funny personality radiated every time she was on stage. As much as I would love to name everyone in the cast, but believe me when I say they are great and it really looked like they are all having the time of their life.
The ensemble performances were very energetic and fun to watch, especially “We Go Together” and “Born to Hand Jive.”
If you’re looking for the perfect “back to school” treat, then Grease is the one that you want at least for the music.
Grease runs now through August 24, 2014. For more information and tickets visit www.nsmt.org or call the box office at 978-232-7200