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Grease Reviews

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Average customer review: 2.5 star rating (2.5 Stars)

Number of reviews: 13

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3.0 star rating Lindsay Shanner from Chicago, Illinois

I REALLY WANTED TO LIKE IT...

Ok, let me start by saying that I did not expect the car to fly or for there to be a car race but MAN was I disappointed. Yes it was only the second day of the show being open (a "preview" performance) but this was like a high school version. I knew going in the stage version was much different than the movie like the songs being in a different order but I never saw this performance coming... in a bad way. Danny and Sandy had NO chemistry and had less stage time than Kenickie and Rizzo. Danny and Sandy seemed to switch roles as Sandy belted at times that felt awkward and Danny could not even hold the end of songs. Whenever they shared the stage, I felt no tension whatsoever and the ensemble was the only thing interesting going on. HUGE props to the T-Birds and Pink Ladies for keeping the show going, and especially a shoutout to the Beauty Angel. PLEASE work on the chemistry and body language as I felt that the performance felt cold and distance between the two lovers. 3/5 stars.

2.0 star rating Ray from Chicago, Illinois

LACKLUSTER

I’m a fan of this theatre company . Consistently delivers high quality. But not this time . I’ve seen Grease on the stage twice and this production falls short . The lead players were weak. Danny had little charisma, poor comedic timing and a mediocre singing voice . The best moments were “ beauty school dropout “ and Rizzo’s strong performance “ there are worse things I could do” she was on her A game . Sadly , few others were at her level . Overall an uninspired and forgettable production.

3.0 star rating A and D from Chicago, Illinois

DISAPPOINTING

Sandy and Danny were going through the motions but didn’t have chemistry. I agree with the other review saying, “Please work on the chemistry.” My son and I felt we were seeing a Glee concert instead of a musical. The T-Birds and Pink Ladies were terrific and the Beauty Angel made the show.

3.0 star rating LJ from Chicago, Illinois

NEEDS A LITTLE FINE-TUNING

My husband and I enjoyed the show but have some suggestions. "Summer Nights" is the best song in "Grease" and should have had a bigger production number with more dancing. Also, Sandy's "new look" didn't have a big reveal. That's one of the climaxes and it was dreadfully understated. I agree with the other reviewers about the leads; there just wasn't enough chemistry and I didn't feel emotionally invested in the performances. The "beauty school dropout" number was good but we could have done without the smoke. On the positive side, the set design and costumes were very good and the sound quality was excellent.

2.0 star rating Mark from Chicago, Illinois

MAJOR DISSAPPOINTMENT

I am a long time subscriber and generally enjoy the productions. I was particularly excited for this production given my familiarity and enjoyment of the storyline. This was a major disappointment in several areas. The quality of the sets and vocal quality was marginally acceptable. My primary disappointment came from the complete lack of chemistry and emotional connection between the characters,, most notably Danny and Sandy. Based on stage time you wouldn't think they were the main characters. While I did not expect this performance to replicate the original, I was surprised Sandy was not wearing the iconic back outfit from the movie. If the reviews continue a negative trend along the same themes, I would very much be interested in perspective from the Producer to perhaps provide additional perspective. I had just seen Beauty and the Beast at the Paramount the night before and the difference in talent and stage production disparity was striking.

2.0 star rating Mark from Palos Heights, Illinois

LET DOWN

To repeat earlier comments, the chemistry was unfortunately nonexistent. I kept thinking throughout the show that perhaps the role of Sandy was miscast. I never felt the naïve innocence or cross over at the end. It felt as if the performers had never seen the musical to know how they were supposed to relate with each other. I am a subscriber and will be tempted to go see it again in a month or so. This is the first performance I’ve seen at Marriott in a long time where I felt it just went completely flat. I would expect they will make the necessary changes and this will be a much different show in a few weeks.

2.0 star rating Anne from Chicago, Illinois

FLAT

I totally agree with the reviews already given. Big disappointment. I usually leave the Marriott performances all invigorated and energetic. After this show, I wanted to go home to take a nap.

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