Musicals and TV star Jason Donovan is set to play Teen Angel in the new production of GREASE The Musical, opening at the Dominion Theatre in London in May 2022.
Running from 17 May 2022 at the Dominion, Jason Donovan’s first performance will be Wednesday 29 June, and he will play select performances through the run (see the GREASE show page for dates).
Also playing select performances during the run is fellow Australian Peter Andre, as Vince Fontaine.
GREASE The Musical is directed by the Leicester Curve’s artistic director Nikolai Foster and choreographed by former Strictly Come Dancing judge and acclaimed stage choreographer Arlene Phillips.
Jason Donovan told the press that: “As a lifelong fan of the show, I’m thrilled to be joining the cast of Grease in the role of Teen Angel at the Dominion Theatre for 6 weeks this year. While I may have missed the boat on playing Danny, the Teen Angel seemed like the perfect fit. I especially look forward to those few performances I get to perform with Peter Andre as Vince Fontaine. Who would have thought two Aussie’s would take to the West End in such a well-loved musical, singing the most iconic songs? Roll on June.”
Also in the cast of GREASE The Musical are Dan Partridge (Link Larkin in Hairspray UK tour & Pepper in Mamma Mia! West End) as Danny and Olivia Moore (Waitress at the Adelphi Theatre & Heathers at Theatre Royal Haymarket) as Sandy. They are joined by Jocasta Almgill (& Juliet at Shaftesbury Theatre) as Rizzo, Paul French (Grease UK tour) as Kenickie, Noah Harrison as Roger, Mary Moore (Little Women at Park Theatre) as Jan, Jake Reynolds as Doody, Lizzy-Rose Esin-Kelly (A Chorus Line at Curve) as Marty, Damon Gould (Pretty Woman: The Musical at Savoy Theatre) as Sonny, Eloise Davies (Be More Chill at The Other Palace) as Frenchie, Darnell Mathew James as Eugene, Jessica Croll (Hairspray UK tour) as Patty Simcox, Katie Lee (Matilda The Musical at Cambridge Theatre) as Cha Cha, Ronan Burns (West Side Story at Curve) as Johnny Casino and Corinna Powlesland (An Officer and A Gentleman at Regents Park Open Air Theatre) as Miss Lynch.
Darren Bennett (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre) will play Officer Mailie and Vince Fontaine at certain performances. They are joined by Jack Harrison-Cooper, Pearce Barron, Ben Culleton, Rishard-Kyro Nelson, Ellie Kingdon, Kamilla Fernandes, Remi Ferdinand, Kalisha Johnson, Zack Guest, Imogen Bailey, Kevin O’Dwyer and Carly Miles.
GREASE The Musical started life in Chicago in 1971, and on Broadway got Tony Award nominations. The movie version came out in 1978 starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.
The musical boasts a great score, including Summer Nights, Greased Lightnin’, Hopelessly Devoted To You and You’re The One That I Want.
This production has designs by Colin Richmond, orchestrations and musical supervision by Sarah Travis, lighting design by Ben Cracknell, sound design by Tom Marshall and Richard Brooker, video and projection design by Douglas O’Connell and casting by David Grindrod CDG.
Jason Donovan was recently in the London Palladium revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat playing Pharaoh, which he is now also playing in the UK tour.