Dust off your leather jackets and pull on your bobby-socks for the new multi-million dollar production of GREASE
It's got groove, it's got meaning and it's burning up the quarter mile with electrifying costumes and everyone's favourite show-stopping tunes including Summer Nights, Sandy, Hopelessly Devoted to You, You're The One That I Want and Greased Lightnin'.
In the lead roles of Danny and Sandy are musical theatre favourite Rob Mills
and rising star Gretel Scarlett
. Bert Newton
returns to his radio roots to play the role of slick veteran disc jockey Vince Fontaine, while Todd McKenney
dusts off his dancing shoes to star as Teen Angel, the good-looking, falsetto-voiced, Fabian lookalike. The role of All-American, rock-star student at Rydell High, Johnny Casino, has gone to Anthony Callea
, returning to the musical theatre stage after success in Rent
Rizzo, the leader of the Pink Ladies, will be played by Lucy Maunder
(Dr Zhivago, The Threepenny Opera), and Kenickie will be played by Stephen Mahy
(Jersey Boys, I Will Survive). The cast also includes Francine Cain
(Frenchy), Chris Durling
(Doody), Sam Ludeman
(Sonny), Duane McGregor
(Roger) and Laura Murphy
Grease is the Word! GREASE
really is "fast, furious and thrilling, an injection of raw energy...and fun, fun, fun!" - The Daily Mirror, UK.
Audio Described Performances
ROB MILLS (Danny)
Rob Mills is a born entertainer.
Whilst studying Music & Drama at Brentwood Secondary College, Rob developed his love of the stage. Rob first came to the nation's attention in 2003 as a finalist on the first series of the television phenomenon Australian Idol. Following this success and national Idol Tour he was signed to BMG, his first single "Ms Vanity" debuted at #6 on the Australian charts, reaching Gold status. His debut album Up All Night was released in June 2004, featuring seven co-written tracks.
When he first heard the music from the new musical Wicked he vowed to be a part of the show when it came to Australia. He was thrilled to be cast in the role of Fiyero in this highly successful Broadway blockbuster and played over 500 shows in Melbourne and Sydney, receiving rave reviews and establishing Rob as one of Australia's favourite leading men.
Other musical theatre and acting credits include Winners & Losers (Network 7, 2011), Underbelly -- Razor (Nine Network, 2011) and principal roles in Grease - The Arena Tour (2005) as Johnny Casino, Hair (2006) as Claude, Into The Woods as Cinderella's Prince (Wicked cast production for Rob Guest Endowment Fund) and Jamie in The Last Five Years, which was nominated as Best Musical Production at the 2012 Sydney Theatre Awards.
Another passion is mentoring young talent; Rob was lucky enough to be doing this as part of his role of Host of Young Talent Time on Network Ten last year. Rob has most recently been playing the role of Warner Huntington III in the smash hit musical Legally Blonde in Sydney and Brisbane, and will soon be seen on Channel 9's Celebrity Apprentice.
GRETEL SCARLETT (Sandy)
Originally from Rockhampton, Gretel Scarlett graduated from Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 2008 after being awarded the prestigious Leslie Anderson Award for the Best Overall Showcase Performance, The Hal Leonard Award and the 2007 Finley Award.
Upon graduation, Gretel was cast in the 2009 Australian Tour of Breast Wishes making her professional debut in the lead role of Sal. Gretel was then cast in the 10th Anniversary Tour of Mamma Mia! understudying and performing the main juvenile roles of Sophie Sheridan, Ali, and Lisa. After a year on the Greek island, Gretel was cast as the Witch's Mother in the 2010-2012 Australian and International tours of Wicked the Musical, as well as understudying and performing the roles of Elphaba and Nessarose.
In 2011, she was a Top Six Finalist in the 3rd ANZ Trustees Rob Guest Endowment Award, performing live at Her Majesty's Theatre in Melbourne.
Having completed her Trinity & AMEB Classical Voice and Speech/Drama Examinations, Gretel also studied full-time Classical Ballet at Alegria Dance Studios under the guidance of RAD Dual Examiner Hilary Kaplan, completing her final RAD Examination (ARAD), Cecchetti Ballet Exams as well as Contemporary, FATD Jazz and Tap. Gretel's choreographic credits include official WAAPA Choreographer for Sweeney Todd and Loving Repeating and Associate Choreographer for both Hello Again (WAAPA) and Hello Again (Darlinghurst Theatre).ANTHONY CALLEA (Johnny Casino)
ANTHONY CALLEA (Johnny Casino)
Anthony Callea is undoubtedly one of Australia's finest vocalists and performers. The Aria Award winner has forged a highly successful music career and undeniably has one of this country's most powerful, passionate and pure voices.
His debut single The Prayer became Australia's fastest and highest selling single of all time with sales in excess of 4 x platinum and was at the top of the charts for an amazing five weeks.
Anthony followed his debut single with another multi-platinum number 1 single, Rain/Bridge Over Troubled Water and a self-titled multi-platinum number 1 selling album. Another two top 10 hits came off this debut album with Hurts so Bad and Per Sempre. His sophomore album A New Chapter was accredited Gold and featured two top 20 singles with Live for Love and Addicted To You. Anthony also released a Live Concert DVD which debuted at No 3 on the Aria DVD Charts, sold Platinum and later screened as a television music special on Foxtel.
Along with headlining his own national tours, Anthony has toured with Celine Dion, Diana Ross, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and was hand picked to perform for Luciano Pavarotti, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Frederik and Princess Mary of Denmark. He has also starred in musical productions such as Wicked, Dead Man Walking and Rent. In late 2012, Anthony toured and performed with Tina Arena and the Symphony Orchestras around the country and then returned early 2013 for encore performances.
In October 2011, Anthony released a club track Oh Oh Oh Oh co-written with the Black Eye Peas' DJ Poet. March 2012, saw Anthony release Last To Go from the EP also titled Last To Go. Tracks from the EP were co-written with the likes of Paul Mac, Matt Morris and Jaakko Salovarra. Last To Go EP is out now on iTunes. Anthony has taken his dynamic vocals and energetic performance style to Los Angeles and Las Vegas where he performed to packed houses in West Hollywood and the famous Planet Hollywood on the Vegas strip.
Anthony's latest album titled THIRTY is out now through ABC/Universal Music. Celebrating his 30th birthday in December 2012, Anthony re-discovers songs that have influenced him over the years, and in turn delivers his own musical stamp on these stunningly written tracks. THIRTY includes both covers and original compositions penned by Anthony, and celebrates thirty years of the most beautifully written music. STEPHEN MAHY (Kenicke)
Stephen Mahy is a fine young actor who trained at the prestigious Western Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). Upon graduation, Stephen was cast in the Australasian tour of Miss Saigon, which toured around the country to great reviews as did his on-screen guest appearance in Southern Star's Out of the Blue.
2008 saw Stephen take the key role of Laurie Laurence in Kookaburra Theatre Company's production of Little Women, followed by a great role in a new production called Karaoke - The Musical. The demand for Stephen intensified leading to him being cast as one of the Four Season's crooners, Bob Gaudio, in Jersey Boys for the Australian sell out tour.
You may also recognise Stephen as finalist on Channel's Ten's I Will Survive TV show or from his guest starring role on Mr and Mrs Murder as Dave Foote. Most recently Stephen has delighted packed houses in his role as Mr Hugh Hanson in SPANK! The 50 Shades Parody.
LUCY MAUNDER (Rizzo)
Lucy has worked extensively in the Australian and international musical theatre, cabaret, film, and theatre industries since graduating from WAAPA in 2006 and the Talent Development Project in 2004. Most notably Lucy was nominated for a Helpmann Award and a Sydney Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her creation of Lara in Des McAnuff and Lucy Simon's new musical Doctor Zhivago opposite Anthony Warlow throughout 2011 for GFO.
More recently, Lucy has toured nationally with her one woman show Irving Berlin: Songs In The Key Of Black to rave reviews. The show played The Famous Spiegeltent in Melbourne in February and toured throughout 2012 appearing in festivals in Noosa, Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Leura. It will feature at this year's Adelaide Cabaret Festival in June.
Prior to this Lucy appeared in the critically acclaimed Darlinghurst Theatre production of Neil LaBute's Tony Nominated play Reasons To Be Pretty playing the role of Carly. Other recent highlights have included starring at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall and the Melbourne State Theatre as part of the Australian Philharmonic Orchestra's New Year's Eve Concert Program Philharmonic Phireworks 2012, under the baton of renowned UK conductor Gavin Sutherland and the NSW Premiers Gala Christmas Concerts All Wrapped Up For Christmas at the Sydney Entertainment Centre.
Immediately following Doctor Zhivago Lucy starred as Polly Peachum in the Sydney Theatre Company/Malthouse production of The Threepenny Opera. Other career highlights include playing Janet in The Rocky Horror Show, opposite Richard O'Brien himself as The Narrator (South Korea/New Zealand tours); Anne in Opera Australia's A Little Night Music; Emma Carew in Jekyll And Hyde for TML Enterprises (South Korean Tour); Young Mary O'Hara in Harp On The Willow (Malcolm Cooke & Associates) opposite Marina Prior. In 2007 Lucy was a recipient of the TDP/ASCAP Bound For Broadway Scholarship, which took her to New York to perform her own showcase cabaret at Don't Tell Mama.
Other credits include the multi award winning Channel 4 UK feature film The Eternity Man; Side By Side By Sondheim; Wish Me Luck As You Wave Me Goodbye (His Majesty's Theatre Perth, Hamer Hall Melbourne); Mad About Coward (State Theatre Melbourne); A New York Christmas (The Basement, Sydney with David Raleigh); Gale Edwards' New Rocky Horror Show; The Sound Of Rodgers (Parramatta Riverside, City Recital Hall); An Evening With John Bucchino (The Supper Club); The Lord Mayor's New Year's Broadcast; and Elegies: A Song Cycle by William Finn (Sydney Theatre). Lucy can also be heard on the Showqueen: Sessions 2 Album.
Throughout this year Lucy will be seen playing Gertrude Lawrence in Noel and Gertie for Christine Dunstan Productions opposite James Miller as Noel. TODD McKENNEY (Teen Angel)
Inspiring, provocative, compelling radio host, film actor, musical theatre performer, television personality, Todd McKenney knows showbiz from every angle. Todd has worked across stage, screen, television and radio.
Since 2004, Todd has enjoyed his role as a judge on Channel 7's immensely popular Dancing with the Stars. He has also hosted Channel 7's National Spelling Bee and been a guest presenter on The Morning Show with Kylie Gillies.
Todd has been in the entertainment industry for years. He has represented Australia in ballroom and Latin American dancing, winning many international dancing titles - perfect training for his role as Nathan Starkey in Baz Luhrmann's internationally acclaimed film Strictly Ballroom.
After landing the prized role of Peter Allen in the critically acclaimed Australian hit The Boy from Oz, Todd played the role for 766 performances.
It was for his portrayal as Peter that Todd received two Mo Awards, the Variety Club Heart Award, the Glugs Award, the Green Room Award, the Australian Dance Award and two Helpmann Awards. Todd also won the 2005 Mo Award in the Versatile Variety Performer of the Year category.
Whilst balancing his roles as breakfast radio host for Sydney radio station Mix 106.5 and judge on Dancing With The Stars, Todd starred in the musical hit Priscilla Queen Of The Desert for which he received rave reviews and another Helpmann Award nomination.
In 2010 Todd reprised his role as Peter Allen in The Production Company's new production of The Boy From Oz. The show was critically acclaimed and toured Australia in 2010 and 2011. In 2011 Todd played the role of Lord Evelyn Oakley for the Production Company's Anything Goes. Last year Todd is starred in John Frost's production of Annie in the role of Rooster Hannigan, and also appearing in series 12 of Channel 7's hit Dancing With The Stars.
In October last year he toured Australia in his own show, Not The Boy Next Door: The Songs and Stories of Peter Allen.
In addition for the past four years he has been studying Auslan sign language and works within the deaf community all around Australia. He has also recently joined The Diamond Ball Committee for the Children's Cancer Institute Australia and hopes to help the CCIA to raise much needed funds to help research and fight childhood cancer.
Todd is an accomplished MC and corporate host who is always in high demand.
BERT NEWTON (Vince Fontaine)
Since television began in Australia, Bert Newton, with his twin talents as a natural comedian and compere, has been a favourite with the viewing public, visiting celebrities and critics alike. During a visit to Australia in 1983, Bob Hope said of Bert, "Personally, he is a fine man. Professionally, he is one of the best television performers I've ever seen."
His remarkable career has been recognised by the awarding of 18 Logies including five Gold Logies. In 2006 and 2007 Bert was again nominated for Gold Logies.
For his radio work, Bert received the Inaugural Grand Pater in 1982. At 3UZ he won the Pater for the Most Popular Radio Personality. In 1988 he was awarded the Pater for the Year's Best Radio Special, 3DB: The First 60 Years. This program also received a citation at the 1988 New York Radio Festival.
His dedicated professionalism was acknowledged with an MBE from Queen Elizabeth II in 1979, for services to the Performing Arts. In June 2006, Bert was awarded an AM, Member of the Order of Australia for service to the entertainment industry.
He made his radio debut at age 11 on 3XY. When he left school, St. Joseph's Marist Brothers in North Fitzroy, Bert was given a full-time job with 3XY. Impressed by his talent and enthusiasm, the management put him on air as an announcer. He was 15 years of age!
Bert attracted the attention of the Seven Network prior to television arriving in Australia and was signed up for The Late Show. Bert's opposition was Graham Kennedy. In March 1959 they ceased being rivals and teamed up on Channel Nine. It was the start of an historic partnership that viewers were to love when the inimitable team were In Melbourne Tonight. In 1975 Bert and Don Lane combined in the highest rating national tonight show in Australia's history The Don Lane Show.
Theatrically Bert has appeared in the title role of two productions of The Wizard of Oz, with Tamsin West, Nikki Webster, Nancye Hayes, Pamela Rabe and his wife Patti Newton. In 1999/2000 he was Uncle Max in The Sound of Music with Lisa McCune, Rachael Beck, Anne Wood, John Waters and dear friend Rob Guest. In 2004/2005 Bert played Franz Liebkind in Mel Brooks' New Musical The Producers. Bert took over the role of The Wizard in the blockbuster musical Wicked, and played the Australian tour and the Singapore season. . He was last on stage in John Frost's 2012 production of Annie, playing President Roosevelt.
For 14 years he was the face of morning television on the Ten Network's Good Morning Australia with Bert Newton.