THEATER | At the Orpheum, “Grease” is still the word

Choreographer-director Kathleen Marshall’s revival of Grease brings back the magic of Rydell High; however, it fell short of my expectations. The music is contagious, the choreography is energetic, and the supporting performers have great comic timing. The lead characters, though, fall flat. Still, from start to finish there’s a fun atmosphere at the Orpheum. There’s even an appearance by American Idol winner Taylor Hicks as “Teen Angel” (Wednesday through Friday only) and an entertaining pre-show with DJ Vince Fontaine, who warms up the crowd with hits from the 1950s, gains audience participation with some classic dance moves, and even pokes a little fun at Coon Rapids. This production of Grease is not the best I’ve seen, but it’s a fun show and well worth the ticket price. Continue Reading