Annelise Hall who plays the iconic Sandra Dee in GREASE the Musical, steals the show on Opening Night in a stunning Aleem Yusuf Couture gown.

Get ready to rock and roll, because Grease the Musical is back, and it’s better than ever! Last week this iconic musical and love story opened at Her Majesty’s Theatre. 

Annelise Hall, who portrays Sandy in the Melbourne production, made quite the entrance as she graced the red carpet in a breathtaking Aleem Yusuf gown. Aleem says, “I designed and made the couture ball gown for Anneliese Hall, the lead actor in Grease the Musical, in collaboration with stylist Melinda Sullivan.

The use of pure silk satin in a dusty silvery blue colour adds a touch of elegance and sophistication and draping it on the bias cut enhances the fluidity and movement of the gown. The flexible corset with built-in structure is a great choice for providing support while enhancing Anneliese Hall’s silhouette. 

Given that Anneliese Hall is the lead actor in Grease the Musical, the design is inspired from the retro and glamorous styles of the 1950s. This era is known for its iconic fashion, characterized by full skirts, fitted bodices, and a sense of femininity. The dusty silvery blue colour is inspired by classic Hollywood glamour and coincidentally is Anneliese’s favourite, adding a modern twist to the vintage aesthetic.”

As the audience and special guests sat in their chairs there was an instant buzz and excitement from the moment the curtain lifted. With a fresh and talented young cast, this production is breathing new life into the beloved and timeless musical sensation.

Leading the pack is Joseph Spanti, who takes on the iconic role of Danny. Spanti’s performance was nothing short of electrifying, capturing the essence of the character with his charm and swagger. Opposite him is Annelise Hall as Sandy, whose angelic voice and captivating stage presence stole the hearts of the audience.

Mackenzie Dunn as Rizzo and Keanu Gonzalez as Kenickie showcased their incredible talents, proving that they are ones to watch in the world of musical theatre. Their chemistry on stage was palpable, adding depth and authenticity to their characters’ relationship.

But it wasn’t just the newcomers who wowed the crowd. Marcia Hines and Jay Laga’aia, both seasoned performers, delivered powerhouse vocal performances that left us in awe. Their experience and mastery of the stage were evident in every note they sang.

However, the real surprise came from Keanu Gonzalez, who not only displayed his acting skills as Kenickie but also blew us away with his singing. His rendition of “Greased Lightning” was a showstopper, earning him a well-deserved round of applause.

Caitlin Spears, who portrayed Jan, also showcased her vocal prowess and comedic timing, leaving the audience in stitches. Her performance was a standout and added an extra layer of fun to the production.

And let’s not forget about Patti Newton, the beloved veteran of the stage. Her portrayal of Rydell High’s School Principal brought a smile to our faces. Newton’s presence on stage was a delightful reminder of her talent and the joy she brings to audiences.

Overall, Grease the Musical at Her Majesty’s Theatre is an absolute must-see. With its fresh and talented young cast, stunning vocals, and energetic performances, it’s a production that will have you singing and dancing in your seat. So, grab your leather jacket and get ready to experience the magic of Grease!

By Melinda Sullivan

Photography Sam Tabone

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