Hopelessly devoted Grease fans can delight in the one that they want, with the electrifying announcement Australia’s all-new touring production of the musical is driving into Crown Theatre Perth in June 2024.
Featuring Marcia Hines as Teen Angel and Jay Laga’aia as Vince Fontaine, the teens of Rydell High will include Annelise Hall (Mamma Mia!) in the coveted role of sweetheart Sandy and rising star Joseph Spanti (Friends! The Musical Parody, Cruel Intentions: The 90’s Musical) as Danny.
Hamilton’s Keanu Gonzalez pulls on the leather jacket as bad boy Kenickie while Perth-born fourth generation performer Mackenzie Dunn (Hairspray) — granddaughter of Australian theatre legend Jill Perryman — will return home in the role of Rizzo, after making her professional debut in Black Swan State Theatre Company of WA’s 2018 season of Summer of the Seventeenth Doll.
“I am thrilled to finally be touring to my hometown of Perth, something I have been waiting and wanting to do for six years,” said Dunn, a Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts graduate.
“It’s where I grew up, studied and where my love of theatre began. I think Perth audiences are in for a treat with this spectacularly talented cast and completely fresh take on this iconic show.”
The production is set to open in Olivia Newton-John’s hometown of Melbourne on December 31 and is working with the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre as the official charity partner, with Hall an ambassador for Olivia’s Walk for Wellness on October 8.
“This is a spectacular cast that we have assembled with some of Australia’s best performers who will knock your socks off with their high energy performances of Grease’s most loved and unforgettable songs,” producer John Frost said.
“I know Australia will fall in love with Annelise and Joseph just like they did with Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta in the movie version and I can’t wait for you all to be part of the fun and electrifying energy of one of the favourite musicals of all time.”