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Liverpool hosts Sing-a-long-a Grease on Friday 17th November 2017as part of a the UK tour
St George’s Hall will host Sing-a-long-a Grease, when the unique, interactive screening of the classic film rolls into town as part of a nationwide UK tour.
This is one of over 80 stops on a national tour, which celebrates the much-loved film classic Grease.
You’d better shape up to sing along to the great movie musical, complete with on-screen lyrics and the chance to become a T-Bird or Pink Lady for the night and enter the world famous fancy dress competition.
It’s the one that you want, says its producer Ben Freedman, who previously brought us Sing-a-long-a Sound of Music and Sing-a-long-a Abba. “Sing-a-long-a Grease is the show that audiences have been asking for since we first presented a singalong show back in 1999”
Now, at last, Summer Lovin’, Grease Lightning and the chance to sport a pink wig or greased quiff while belting out You’re The One That I Want, are coming to a theatre near you.
“Sing-a-long-a Grease is much more than ‘just a film’”, says Freedman. “”It’s an event, an interactive experience and the most fun you can have with your clothes on.”
Every performance starts with a Sing-a-long-a host who warms up the audience, trains them how to “hand-jive”, deploy the contents of their free interactive prop bags and heckle in all the right places as well as judge the fancy dress competition.
40 Years Young
The 1972 show, about two lovers in a 1950s US high school, was based on an earlier, grittier “play with incidental music” called Grease Lightning, first staged in Chicago the previous year.
In 1978 it spawned into a movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. The movie was a huge hit on its first release. Twenty-five years later it was voted the greatest musical ever in a 2003 poll conducted for Channel 4’s show on the 100 Greatest Musicals.
The birth of Sing-a-long-a
The unique, interactive entertainment form known as Sing-a-long-a, meanwhile, was allegedly born in an old people’s home in Inverness. The nurses wanted to involve the residents in an interactive group therapy. They therefore wanted to screen Seven Brides For Seven Brothers and gave out song sheets so that everyone could sing-a-long.
The idea was then developed for the Sound of Music for London’s Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in 1999, before opening at the Prince Charles Cinema in August of that year. After an initial eight-show run soon sold out, while attracting huge media attention, and regular shows has been running ever since not only in London but all around the world.
Now, finally, comes the dream union – between Grease and Sing-a-long-a and the national tour of Sing-a-long-a Grease.
Suitability for children: Grease is a PG certificate film in the UK and is suitable for all. Children are very welcome, although evening performances can sometimes get a little lively and so may be more suitable for older children (plus the late finishing time may mean that younger ones get tired). Running time: 2 hours 40 minutes including interval