After two months of intense tryouts of more than 2,500 candidates of all ages and from all parts of the world, the cast of the musical Grease, which will premiere on Feb. 10, 1999, in Madrid's Lope de Vega Theatre, was revealed on Sept. 9.
Grease will take the place of the musical Man of La Mancha, which will begin touring the North American continent around that time. Its concept album, which was released several months ago, has been ranked among the top ten best-selling albums in Spain.
Among the cast are Geraldine Larrosa (The Fantastiks) as Sandy and Carlos Marín (Man of La Mancha and Les Miserables) as Vince Fontain/Teen Angel.
After its stay in Madrid, Grease! will start a tour similar to that of Man of La Mancha, which will take it along several Latin American countries and end in the United States.
Direction will be by Luis Ramirez. Nacho Artime wrote the lyrics. Choreography will be by Ramon Oller. Following is the complete cast of Grease!:
SANDY: Geraldine Larrosa
DANNY: J.G. (J.G. Gómez)
VINCE FONTAIN / TEEN ANGEL : Carlos Marín
RIZZO: Marta Ribera
KENICKIE: Pablo Puyol
MARTY: Raquel (Raquel Grijalbo)
FRENCHIE: Azucena Monchon
JAN: Luz Nicolas
SONNY: Victor Ullate J.R.
ROGER: Jorge Calvo
DODDY: Nacho Vidal
PATTY: Beatriz Arguello
MISS LYNCH: Laura Inclan
EUGENE: Oscar Martinez
JOHNNY CASINO: Lisardo (Lisardo Guarinos)
CHA CHA: tba
ENSEMBLE: Armando Pita, Alfonso Cayetano, Chus (Herranz) and Manoli Nieto
DANCERS: Natalia Santiago, Beatriz Alvarez,
Mercedes Pedroche, Sonia Dorado, Juan Solano, Mauricio Villa,
Tanguy Cochenec, Mauricio Ariosto, Francisco Abos
and Emiliano Simeoni.
--By Carlos Lorenzo