Steps Star Evans Joins Grease's West End ReturnDate: 3 September 2002
Steps' pop star Lee Latchford Evans will make his West End debut in the recast return of Grease, which opens at the Victoria Palace on 2 October 2002 and continues to 1 March 2003 (previews from 26 September) (See News, 16 Aug 02).
Evans will take the cameo role of Teen Angel, singing the song "Beauty School Dropout", in the perennially popular 1950s-nostalgia musical. Though he trained as an actor, the star found fame with pop and dance group Steps. In addition to his part in the group's chart-topping singles success, Evans has appeared on TV's Top of the Pops, MTV Select, SMTV and Crossroads.
The West End production of Grease will also feature show veterans Greg Kohout and Caroline Sheen (also Mamma Mia!, Into the Woods, The Witches of Eastwick and Les Miserables in the West End) as high school sweethearts Danny and Sandy.
Premiered on Broadway in 1972, Grease was immortalised by the 1979 film that brought international fame to its co-stars John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. Hit songs from the soundtrack include "You're the One That I Want", "Summer Lovin'", "Greased Lightning", "Hopeless Devoted to You" and the title song.
The musical previously ran for six years in the West End, first at the Dominion and then at the Cambridge Theatre. It returned to the Dominion for two weeks last October as part of a year-long, UK-wide tour that just finished in mid-August, with Craig Urbani and Haley Flaherty in the leads. With the exception of the principals, many of the touring cast will accompany the show for its new West End run.
- by Terri Paddock