Grease, the musical is coming to the Kenya National Theatre starting today

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Following the success of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, Stuart Nash is back with another musical. This one comes with a lot of style, a frankly extraordinary cast boasting of names such as Ian Mbugua and a 50’s vibe. The musical is ‘Grease’. Yes, that one!

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Grease the Musical

‘Grease’ opens tonight at 7 pm at the Kenya National Theatre. The play will be available for two weekends, 25th and 26th November and 9th and 10th December at 3 pm and 7 pm. You can also watch the play on Friday, the 8th of December at 7 pm. ‘Grease’ is based on the 1971 musical of the same name written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. The 1971 musical’s music borrowed heavily from the early rock and roll genre. The play, later on, became a popular movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.

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Grease to be set in Nairobi

The Kenyan version of the play, which opens tonight, will stick to the same rules of the original play except for a few changes. For one, this version will be set in the city of Nairobi and Rydell High School will change to Rydell University. Secondly, the characters will all be Kenyan, obviously, and there will be mention of popular Kenyan personalities, dishes and phrases.  Stuart Nash, who brought you ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, will be directing this play as well. He picked Grease because it’s still a popular musical and it embodies the spirit of Christmas; cherishing our loved ones and having a good time.

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‘Grease’, like ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, is being staged by the Nairobi Performing Arts Studio (NPAS).

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Production

Plenty of work is going into the production of ‘Grease’ which involves an ensemble of over 30 people, a stage crew of 20 or more, a band and a fully equipped orchestra. The play will feature some popular Kenyan actors, actresses and musicians including:

Karen (Kaz) Lucas as Sandy

Elsaphan Njora as Danny Zuko

Charles Righa (Rigga) as Johnny Casino

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Nice Githinji as Betty Rizzo

Nick Ndeda as Kenickie and

Ian Mbugua as Vince Fontaine

There is also a lot of technical work that has gone into the production to ensure that the set, costumes, lighting and music – which will be performed live – all work in concordance to recreate a realistic ‘Grease’ setting on stage.

 

Tickets

If you’re interested in watching the play, tickets are available via M-Pesa pay bill no. 697663 for KShs. 1000 or at KShs. 1,500 at the gate. You can also purchase your tickets online via mymookh.com

NB: If you choose to buy your tickets via the pay bill number enter your name for the account name.

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