Naturally all the favourite songs from the film are still there, including multi chart-topper Summer Nights, the aforementioned Greased Lightnin', We Go Together, Hopelessly Devoted to You and Your The One That I Want which actually seemed to take on a new twist.
There are several other numbers that I heard for the first time including The Pink Ladies – led by Marty (Inez Budd), Jan (Maeve Byrne), Frenchy (Marianna Neofitou) and Rizzo – rendition of Freddy My Love. Meanwhile Roger (Josh Barnett) and Jan almost bring the house down with the hilarious Mooning duet. Another highlight is Rizzo's solo There Are Worse Things I Could Do… the hit numbers just kept coming!
All the songs are beautifully delivered, especially Danny's solo How Big I'm Gonna Be and Sandy's Hopelessly Devoted while the whole company reprise We Go Together ahead of the final Megamix which had the packed audience singing along and up on its feet.
Other members of the cast included: Alex Christian as Doody, Corinna Powlesland as easily shockable school teacher Miss Lynch and Cristian Zaccarini as Sonny beside Alishia-Marie Blake (Cha Cha), Thea Bunting (Patty Simcox), Kevin O’Dwyer (Chad), Laura-Jane Fenney (Maggie Sue), Elliot Gooch (Ernie), Dom Hutcheson (Mickey), Haroun Al-Jeddal (Julio), Kalisha Johnson (Melody), Hannah-Faith Marram (Cynthia), Matt Trevorrow (Eugene), Jacob Young (Logan) and Richard Linford as Officer Maiale.
Top West End choreographer Arlene Phillips certainly had her hands full with all the dance routines in what is a high energy show while the seven piece band, under musical director Dan Glover, were brilliant and the levels just right so as not to drown out the vocals which has happened at some shows in the past.
In the end, Grease may not be the last word – but I reckon it comes pretty close! It plays Milton Keynes Theatre until Saturday with tickets available from the Box Office by calling 0844 871 7652 or online at www.atgtickets.com/MiltonKeynes (booking fees apply).