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Lindsay Shanner from Chicago, Illinois
I REALLY WANTED TO LIKE IT...
Ok, let me start by saying that I did not expect the car to fly or for there to be a car race but MAN was I disappointed. Yes it was only the second day of the show being open (a "preview" performance) but this was like a high school version. I knew going in the stage version was much different than the movie like the songs being in a different order but I never saw this performance coming... in a bad way. Danny and Sandy had NO chemistry and had less stage time than Kenickie and Rizzo. Danny and Sandy seemed to switch roles as Sandy belted at times that felt awkward and Danny could not even hold the end of songs. Whenever they shared the stage, I felt no tension whatsoever and the ensemble was the only thing interesting going on. HUGE props to the T-Birds and Pink Ladies for keeping the show going, and especially a shoutout to the Beauty Angel. PLEASE work on the chemistry and body language as I felt that the performance felt cold and distance between the two lovers. 3/5 stars.
A and D from Chicago, Illinois
Sandy and Danny were going through the motions but didn’t have chemistry. I agree with the other review saying, “Please work on the chemistry.” My son and I felt we were seeing a Glee concert instead of a musical. The T-Birds and Pink Ladies were terrific and the Beauty Angel made the show.
LJ from Chicago, Illinois
NEEDS A LITTLE FINE-TUNING
My husband and I enjoyed the show but have some suggestions. "Summer Nights" is the best song in "Grease" and should have had a bigger production number with more dancing. Also, Sandy's "new look" didn't have a big reveal. That's one of the climaxes and it was dreadfully understated. I agree with the other reviewers about the leads; there just wasn't enough chemistry and I didn't feel emotionally invested in the performances. The "beauty school dropout" number was good but we could have done without the smoke. On the positive side, the set design and costumes were very good and the sound quality was excellent.
Vickie from Buffalo Grove, IL
I agree with the other reviews. Sandy and Danny were disappointing. No chemistry at all. The Pink Ladies and T-Birds stole the show, particularly Rizzo. She was a powerhouse! I've been to other productions here and they are have been well done and fun, but this one was just ok.
Jodie from McHenry, Illinois
I DIDN'T GET CHILLS. THEY WEREN'T MULTIPLYING.
I have seen at least 50 productions at the Marriott Theatre over the years and I have always been very impressed with the productions and the quality of talent that the Marriott has been able to secure. I was very excited to see the production of Grease. It is probably my favorite musical of ALL TIME and I could not wait to hear and see some of the iconic songs in action. There were a few bright spots in the performance. The talented ladies who played Rizzo and Marty were wonderful. I really enjoyed their portrayal of the characters. I also really enjoyed the Beauty School Dropout number in the show. Aside from those few highlights, I was pretty disappointed. I think I was especially disappointed in the casting of Sandy and Danny. I did not see any "chemistry" or "tension" from the two of them, as many other reviewers have previously mentioned. Overall, the show was "fine" but it did not seem to reach the caliber of what I would have expected from a Marriott performance.
Heather Bernin from Chicago, Illinois
MISSED THE MARK
We were so excited about this performance. We are season ticket holders and this one of the series I was looking forward to. We got extra tickets for family members. Sorry to say it was a big let down. Casting was OFF, musical numbers mediocre and we felt no connection whatsoever between any of these characters. I was sure it would all be redeemed with Sandy's fabulous, edgy and black leather reveal for the last number but, then.... NOPE. Rizzo was the only redeeming character and performance in this show. I left feeling like I needed to go home and watch the original movie to get my Grease mojo back. Sorry Marriott Theater, you missed the mark on this one.
Patti Perry from Wilmette, Illinois
CUTE WITH DARK EDGE
First of all, Jimmy Nicholas, who played Danny Zucko, was terrific.He also is a look-a-like for actor Michael Schoeffling in Sixteen Candles. So that's not too bad. They all had strong voices. The actress in the role of Sandy was too church girl mousy, and the Pink Ladies were a little too bitchy - using the crass third finger 3 times. Sandy did not need to punch the cheerleader in the face. It almost seemed like the West Side Story girls joined Grease. Also, the Marriott uses dark background lighting which sets a more somber mood to their productions.
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