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Grease is the Word at the Newbury Corn Exchange
« on: May 31, 2014, 01:12:16 am »
Grease is the Word at the Newbury Corn Exchange

Saturday May 31st 2014 at 7.45pm


The Corn Exchange, Newbury 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 on Saturday 31 May at 7:45pm.

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 magic moments fun packs and heckle in all the right places as well as judge the fancy dress competition

February 2012 marked the 40th Anniversary of the stage musical GREASE which premiered at the Off-Broadway Eden Theatre in downtown Manhattan, before transferring to Broadway in June, 1972.

The movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John 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 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 on Saturday 31 May at 7:45pm. Tickets are £15 (Buy 10 and get the 11th ticket FREE); more information can be found at the Corn Exchange website www.cornexchangenew.com or by calling the Box Office on 0845 5218 218.

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