Monday, August 22, 2011

Grease is the Word

Summer Lovin’: 1. Melanie McDermott and Michelle McDermott; 2. Diarmuid Gavin and daughter Eppie Gavin; 3. Jenny Buckley and Claudine Vavasseur. (Pix. Brian McEvoy)

There was a huge media presence at the Grand Canal Theatre for the opening night of Grease the Musical in which Mary Byrne of X Factor fame plays Teen Angel. Alas it wasn’t just Mary that the press was there to see, but Gay Byrne, who attended with his wife Kathleen Watkins. Good old Gaybo enjoyed a few weeks back in the limelight as he toyed with the idea of running for the presidency. Normal service has now resumed.

There was a hive of activity in the foyer before the show with many first nighters arriving in their leather jackets and pink bobby socks, in keeping with the 60s theme of the show. Among the guests were Harry Crosbie, Joe Duffy, Derek Mooney, Diarmuid Gavin, Elaine Crowle and Alan Hughes and his partner Karl Broderick who are busy prepping for their big wedding next month.

This West End musical has been a hit all over the world and runs at the GCT until August 27th.