Published: 14:51, 28 January 2020
| Updated: 15:32, 28 January 2020
Pull on your bobby socks and dust off your leather jackets - Grease is coming to Kent. And as an extra special treat, Peter Andre will be taking to the stage as part of an electrifying cast.
Following last year's success, the world-famous pop singer is once again joining the Grease UK tour, playing the Teen Angel as well as Vince Fontaine and the Sergeant in some theatres.
Watch Peter Andre at his dress rehearsal for the show
The Teen Angel has a cameo role which includes the ironic comedy song, Beauty School Dropout. The role was originally portrayed by Frankie Avalon in the highly-acclaimed 1970s film.
Vince Fontaine is the radio announcer who hosts the national dance off which sees Danny and Cha-Cha win the competition with their impressive, rather raunchy jive routine.
Best known for his music, Peter Andre was the sixth highest-selling artist in the UK during the 1990s with hits including Mysterious Girl, Flava and I Feel You. The 46-year-old has also had numerous television appearances such as the third series of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here in 2004, where he met his ex-wife and mother of two of his children, Katie Price.
Talking about the show, Mr Andre said: "I'm absolutely thrilled to be returning to the UK tour of Grease. I had the most wonderful time last year working with our genius director Nikolai Foster and the incredible Arlene Phillips, helping create a new, slick, sexy version of this timeless musical with the most talented cast. I truly cannot wait for more of the country to see this new production and look forward to making more amazing memories on and off stage in 2020."
Grease originally opened in Chicago in 1971, followed by a move to Broadway in 1972, where it received seven Tony Award nominations, including one for Best Musical. During the show's eight-year run, at the time, little known actors including Patrick Swayze and John Travolta all appeared in the production, with Richard Gere understudying many roles before going on to star as Danny Zuko in the 1973 London premiere.
The 1978 film adaptation starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John is the fourth highest-grossing live action musical of all time and celebrated its 40th anniversary this year. This current adaptation is the show's first new production in 25 years.
The Pink Ladies and T-Birds will bring this classic, whirlwind romance to the Marlowe theatre in Canterbury on Monday, August 10 until Saturday, August 15. Tickets range from £15 to £49 and can be purchased here.
Hits including Greased Lightnin’ and You’re The One That I Want will then be heard at the Orchard Theatre in Dartford between Monday October 5 and Saturday, October 10. Tickets cost between £22.50 and £47.50 and can be purchased by visiting the theatre's website.
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