It’s the word
In the 1950s, many American teens fashioned themselves after James Dean, the young actor who was called "Rebel Without a Cause." Just like Dean, the "greasers," as they were called, sported shiny, slicked back hair, thick black leather jackets and tight jeans. Their female counterparts wore pedal pushers and tightly fitted sweaters, which were considered sexually suggestive in those days. These girls were crazy about movie stars and didn't care about school at all.
These teenagers inspired Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey to create one of theater’s most beloved musicals—Grease. The musical, which is known for its catchy songs and exciting dance numbers, deals with teenage concerns like sex and unwanted pregnancy, peer pressure and, of course, love.
For over 40 years, Grease has remained one of the world’s most popular and beloved musicals. Time Magazine even dubbed its 2007 Broadway revival as the “#1 Musical of the Year.”
Theater group 9 Works Theatrical’s Grease had a good run in 2013, earning numerous rave reviews, a Gawad Buhay Award and several nominations.
This year’s rerun of Grease has a new cast of talents to breathe life into the characters of Rydell High. Guji Lorenzana and Tippy Dos Santos play Danny Zuko and Sandy Dumbrowski, respectively. The new class includes Steven Silva as Johnny Casino, Alex Godinez as Marty, Marvin Ong alternating as Doody, Nelsito Gomez as Sonny LaTierri, Gabriela Pangilinan as Cha-Cha DiGregorio and making her comeback in the local theater scene is Antoinette Taus as Betty Rizzo, the feisty leader of the Pink Ladies.
Original cast members returning to the stage are Rafa Siguion-Reyna as Kenickie, Reb Atadero as Roger, Vince Lim alternating as Doody, Peachy Atilano as Frenchy, Sarah Facuri as Jan, James Stacey as Vince Fontaine, Harold Cruz as Eugene Florczyk, Sab Jose as Patty Simcox and Angela Padilla as Miss Lynch. And just like last year, keep an eye out for different Teen Angel cameos every night. The press night's Teen Angel was JM Rodriguez, who played Roger in a Grease production years ago where Lea Salonga was Sandy.
Robbie Guevara directs the show together with Lorenz Martinez as assistant director, Joseph Tolentino as musical director for instrumentation, Sweet Plantado-Tiongson as musical director for vocals, Arnold Trinidad and Francis Matheu as choreographers, Mio Infante as scenographer (set and costume designer), John Batalla as lighting designer, Chuck Ledesma as sound designer, Myrene Santos as hair and makeup designer, Gerhard Daco as technical director, Twinkle Zamora for costume execution, Leo Castillo as photographer, Tin Samson as playbill editor and Larry Palma as graphic designer.
"I did Les Miserables with Robbie when I was 12," says Taus. "Sometimes when you have not done something in a long time, you forget what it's like. I'm so lucky and blessed to be here."
"Theatre is my first love," says Lorenzana. "I'm glad to have come back. All actors should never forget theatre to hone their skills."
"I like working under him (Guevara) even if he's mean to me," jokes Dos Santos. "The truth is, he's a very good director who wants you to 'be' your character."
MAC Cosmetics is the official makeup sponsor for Grease. For Sandy, makeup artist Julie Peregrino created a neutral face with eyes in shades of brown (Brûlé, Cork, Wedge and Espresso) and peachy tones on the lips (Boldy Bare Lip Liner and Shanghai Spice Lipstick).
Rizzo, as befitting her character, had a bolder look with dark red lips (Paramount Lipstick). For her eyes, Kaye Ranada of MAC Makati used Rice Paper and Espresso.
For the face, the makeup artists used MAC skin care including Charged Water and Mineralize Moisture Gel and MAC Studio Fix and MAC Face and Body foundations.
Performances will take place all weekends until Dec. 7 at RCBC Plaza. Grease will have Friday and Saturday galas at 8 p.m., Saturday matinees at 3:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 4 p.m.
For tickets and other inquiries, call 586-7105 or (0917) 554-5560, or email [email protected] Facebook: 9workstheatrical.
Grease is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW), 1359 Broadway, Suite 914, New York, NY. 10018. www.theatricalrights.com.