Rhydian makes a top show sparkle

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Grease - Blackpool Opera House

FEELGOOD musicals like Grease suit Blackpool down to a T Bird.

Colourful costumes, a singalong score and a simple boy-meets-girl over the summer storyline – the perfect formula for an evening’s entertainment at the seaside.

On its cold and rainy opening night, stand-in Ricky Rolas stepped in as Danny, the male lead opposite the excellent Carina Gillespie as Sandy, more than 30 years on from the film roles made famous by John Travolta and Olivia Newton John.

Apparently, Rolas took over for reality TV star Danny Bayne. Not having watched his series myself, I am in no position to compare but I defy anyone to complain; his voice was great and if the standard of the opener was anything to go by, the seats should stay full all week until Saturday.

And in the small but perfectly formed part of Teen Angel, step in the X Factor’s Rhydian Roberts who, despite a strong cast all round, still managed to steal the show with just one number, Beauty School Dropout, a perfect vehicle for his brilliant baritone delivery.

A sprinkling of humour and he had the audience in the palm of his hand for his all-too-brief appearance in the second half.

You’re The One That I Want, Grease Is The Word, Summer Nights, Hopelessly Devoted to You, Sandy and the stand-out Greased Lightnin’ brought energy to a timeless love story against a seamless backdrop of 50s rock and roll and a mixed audience proved you’re never too old for good old-fashioned fun of this quality.