As soon as I stepped into the Paramount Theater I could feel the excitement around me. A group of teenage girls buzzed with enthusiasm as they waited for the show to begin. Eddie Mekka from “Laverne and Shirley” took center stage and kept us all entertained with audience participation acts of singing and dancing, that we later were able to use throughout the show. As the lights dimmed and the stage lit up with the first act, the audience was already exhilarated and a woman next to me began to belt out the words of the song “Grease” as the T-Birds, with their leather jackets and rolled up jeans began to snap their fingers and saunter across the stage.
The entire cast was electrifying but I felt that Lauren Elaine Taylor, as Rizzo had to be my favorite, with her moody attitude, amazing voice, and sizzling dance. There was a scene where Grease Lightening transforms from a junker to a hot rod that was so well done that I was almost out of my seat clapping with appreciation for the creativity. The cast made sure to keep us upbeat and energetic through the whole show. “Grease” directed by David O’Brien is a must see for anyone that loves the fast and fun music, mood, and dancing of the 50’s.
STG presents GREASE at The Paramount Theatre January 7th through January 9th, 2011.