Thursday, May 30, 2013

Opening Night of "Grease" at the Walnut Street Theater

Opening night of "Grease" at the Walnut Street Theater was a triumph of Bruce Lumpkin's directing and choreography by Michelle Gaudette.  It was clear that the cast had honed their roles to perfection after their initial run in Vero Beach.  I noticed a deepening of character development, especially on the part of Laura Giknis (Sandy). 

Eric was as perfect as ever, smarmy as Vince Fontaine, angelic as the Teen Angel.  He has a note at the end of "Beauty School Dropout" that slowly, tantalizingly, slides upward til you think he can't go any more that brings down the house.  The spontaneous applause drowns out the end of the song.  The audiences are loving the show, ticket sales are brisk and the run has already been extended until July 21st. 

Eric and Director Bruce Lumpkin

Maggi, Eric, Anita Riggio (Brindlebeast) and Matt Ragas (Danny

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