Irish songstress to star in Grease

Irish songstress to star in Grease

Singing sensation Mary Byrne will bring some added X Factor to Grease when she guest stars as Teen Angel in the smash-hit musical for its two-week run at His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen in the new year.

The Irish songstress will leave audiences hopelessly devoted to her charms when the show rocks into the city on January 30 on its first tour in five years, following its electrifyin’ four-year London run.

Alongside Mary, Grease stars Danny Bayne - won ITV’s Grease is the Word in 2007 - and Carina Gillespie as Danny and Sandy, following in the footsteps of John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John who famously played the roles in the hit 1978 movie.

The cast also includes: Ricky Rojas (Kenickie), Kate Somerset How (Rizzo), Derek Andrews (Roger), Laura Wilson (Jan), Richard Vincent (Doody), Lauren Stroud (Frenchy), Josh Dever (Sonny), Lois Urwin (Marty), Darren John (Eugene), Sammy Kelly (Patty), Nancy Hill (Miss Lynch) and Sophie Zucchini (Cha Cha), with other parts played by the ensemble.

A finalist on the seventh series of hit TV talent show The X Factor, Mary won the hearts of millions with her big, warm personality and powerhouse voice- and wowed audiences with her stunning performances week after week.

Following her elimination in the live semi-final, Mary signed a record deal with Sony Records and has since become one of Britain and Ireland’s best-loved entertainers.

Her debut album Mine & Yours, released in March, went in at No 6 in Britain and spent two weeks at the No 1 spot plus a further 8 weeks in the top 5 of the Irish music charts.

Earlier this year, Mary was a guest performer at a concert in honour of The Queen during the monarch’s historic visit to Ireland and she also appeared as a special guest artist for one of her own idols, American singing legend Neil Diamond, in concert at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

Mary made her stage debut as Teen Angel in Grease at Dublin’s Grand Canal Theatre in August, and will reprise the role next year for several 2012 dates of the hit show’s tour, including Aberdeen, Glasgow, Derry and Belfast.
After winning Grease is the Word, Danny went on to make his West End debut as Danny in the musical playing the role for more than two years at the Piccadilly Theatre to sell-out audiences.

Bursting with denim, cheerleaders, slick hairstyles, rock ’n ’roll, 1950s pop culture and an irresistible mix of teenage angst and young romance, Grease has proved timeless and universal.

Tickets for the show, which runs at HMT from Monday, January 30 to Saturday, February 11, are available online at, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.

Posted on Tuesday 08 November

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