Full casting has been revealed for this year’s national tour of the original West End production of Grease featuring Over the Rainbow winner Danielle Hope, The Wanted’s Tom Parker and former EastEnder Louise Lytton.
Completing the cast are Tom Senior as Kenickie, Michael Cortez as Sonny, Oliver Jacobson as Roger, Ryan Heenan as Doody, Callum Evans as Eugene, Lauren Atkins as Marty, Rosanna Harris as Jan, Rhiannon Chesterman as Frenchy, Gabriella Williams as Patty and Ailsa Davidson as Lynch. The ensemble includes Charlotte Coggin, Anthony Hughes, Alessia McDermott, Natasha Mould, Anna Murray, George Olney, Rory Phelan and Grant Thresh.
The cast also includes the previously announced Darren Day who, 17 years after he played Danny in the show in the West End, will return to play Teen Angel until 29 April.
Opening at the Palace Theatre, Manchester on 10 March the touring production will feature Hope, who made her professional debut as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, as Sandy opposite boyband singer Parker who will make his professional music theatre debut in the iconic role of Danny Zuko. Former Strictly contestant and star of ITV’s The Bill, Lytton will take on the role of tough girl Rizzo.
Presented by Paul Nicholas and David Ian, the award-winning production originally opened in the West End in 1993 where it ran for six successful years at the Dominion followed by the Cambridge Theatre.
The show has since toured the world, attracting sell-out audiences and breaking box office records. The production has been seen by more than 12 million people in the UK alone.
Written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, with additional songs by John Farrar, the story of Sandy, Danny and Rydell High made its debut on stage in Chicago in 1971 before arriving in Broadway in 1972 and first appearing in the West End a year later.
The new production will be directed by David Gilmore and choreographed by Arlene Phillips with design by Terry Parsons and costumes by Andreane Neofitou.
Following the Palace Theatre run which ends on 25 March, the tour will move on to the New Theatre, Oxford (28 March-1 April); Liverpool Empire (3-8 April); Southend-on-Sea’s Cliffs Pavilion (11-15 April); New Wimbledon Theatre (24-29 April); Sunderland Empire (1-6 May); King’s Theatre, Glasgow (9-20 May); Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent (22-27 May); Birmingham Hippodrome (29 May-3 June); Bristol Hippodrome (5-10 June); Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre (27 June-8 July); New Victoria Theatre, Woking (10-15 July); Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff (17-29 July); Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin (1-12 August); Venue Cymru, Llandudno (14-19 August); Princess Theatre, Torquay (21-26 August); Milton Keynes Theatre ( 28 August-2 September); Edinburgh Playhouse (11-16 September); Regent Street, Ipswich (2-7 October); His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen (13-18 November); Orchard Theatre, Dartford (21-25 November); and Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton (27 November-2 December).
Further tour dates will be announced.