GREASE @ Paramount Theatre, Aurora, IL

By Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey

Choreographed by Dana Solimando, Musical Director Michael Keefe, Set and Projection Design by Jim Dardenne, Costumes by Jeremy Floyd, Lighting by Jared Moore, Sound Design by Adam Rosenthal, Prop Design and Construction Joel Lambie, Production Stage Manager Rose Marie Packer, Stage Manager Casey Wolgomott, Managing Director Tim Rater, Artistic Director Jim Corti

(Reviews Below Slideshow – Video Below Reviews)

The Pink Ladies meet Sandy
Kenickie (Adrian Aguilar) in Greased Lightning
Kenickie (Adrian Aguilar) and The Greasers - "Greased Lightning"
Kenickie (Adrian Aguilar) and The Greasers - "Greased Lightning"
Frenchy (Tiffany Trainer-Stonebrook), Teen Angel (Jeff Max) and company "Beauty School Dropout"
Sandy (Emma Ritchie) and Danny (Skyler Adams) at the Drive In
Sandy (Emma Ritchie) and Danny (Skyler Adams) at the Drive In
Danny (Skyler Adams) and Sandy (Emma Ritchie) and the Greasers "All Choked Up"
Danny (Skyler Adams) and Sandy (Emma Ritchie) "All Choked Up"
Danny (Skyler Adams), Sandy (Emma Ritchie), Kenickie (Adrian Aguilar) and Rizzo (Jessica Kingsdale) "We Go Together"
The cast and band with the creator of "Grease" Jim Jacobs.

Chicago Sun Times
Last week, the Paramount kicked off its second Broadway series with a supremely fun production of “Grease,” which maintains the high standard set by last year’s knockout shows. “Grease”, directed by Michael Unger, has little on its mind except entertainment. It’s a celebration of the 1950s in song and dance. And even though things get heavier in the second act, it remains fun from first note to last. And wait until you see the special guest during “Greased Lightning”: a real ’56 Chevy. It’s impressive. If you’re cruising for a good time, this production is a blast.

Daily Herald
The Paramount’s production team, securely led by director Michael Unger, definitely put on a finely produced “Grease” that wows with its sophisticated stagecraft and a vocally assured cast who can riff rock ’n’ roll melismas to stratospheric heights… a rousing production of the show. Director Unger does root the production with some realism, which gives this “Grease” a bit of genuine bite. The legions of “Grease” fans out there will find plenty to love in Paramount’s spiffy rendition.

Around the Town Chicago
While this is a play that belongs in a smaller theater allowing the audience to feel as if they are truly peeking in on the lives of these teens, I must admit that the Paramount Theatre, under the direction of Michael Unger, is able to transform the intimacy to a larger stage… on a magnificent set by James Dardenne, which in a way becomes a character itself. The set is designed to have the back wall filled with projections and for the “Greased Lighting” number as well as the Drive-In, a 1956 Chevrolet has been rebuilt to bring on stage. It adds to the overall magic of  Unger’s direction and the slick choreography by Dana Solimando. The technical part of the show is awesome and the talent very strong. Some new twists to the show have been added to give it some new life.

Downtown Auroran Magazine
… seeing Grease on stage knocked me out… a must-see…
It’s a different “Grease” than you might expect, but it’ll knock your socks off.

Jim Jacobs (Author)

I had a ball at the show.   You (and the cast, of course) did a bang up job!! It was a terrific production and we had a tremendous evening!