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Lauren Samuels - Sandy in Grease at Piccadilly 26 July
Lauren Samuels, will make her West End stage debut as 'Sandy' in Grease, at the Piccadilly Theatre, from 26 July 2010. Noel Sullivan will continue as ‘Danny’ and Siubhan Harrison will also join the show in the role of ‘Rizzo’.
Lauren Samuels came third in the BBC1 reality show "Over the Rainbow" to find a Dorothy for The Wizard of Oz. Lauren trained at the Guildford School of Acting and last year made her professional stage debut as ‘Wendy’ in the Christmas production of Peter Pan at the Curve (Leicester). Lauren says: ‘I am so unbelievably excited to be joining the wonderful cast of Grease. It was one of the first musicals I was taken to see as a young child and so to be given the opportunity to recreate the iconic role of ‘Sandy’ and to make my West End debut in the show, is a dream come true. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world!’
Grease opened at the Piccadilly Theatre on 8 Aug 2007, following previews from 25 July 2007. Grease is now the longest running show at the Piccadilly Theatre, having reached this point on 20 June 2009 (after 800 performances) It is currently talking bookings to 3 Sep 2011.
It is written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, with additional songs B Gibb, J Farrar, L St Louis & S Simon. It is directed by David Gilmore, choreography by Arlene Phillips, and produced by Paul Nicholas and David Ian by arrangement with Robert Stigwood.
Songs from the show include 'Grease (Is The Word)'; 'You're The One That I Want'; 'Greased Lightning'; 'Hopelessly Devoted To You' and 'Sandy'.
This production originally opened in the West End in 1993 (co-produced with Robert Stigwood) at the Dominion Theatre, before transferring to the Cambridge Theatre in Oct 1996 to Sep 1999. The show then continued to tour the UK and briefly returned to the Dominion Theatre for a few weeks in Oct 2001, and then had a year run at the Victoria Palace from Sep 2002. Grease finally returned to the West End in July 2007 at the Piccadilly Theatre.