Grease The Musical London cast dedicate the show’s run to Olivia Newton-John following her death
The cast of Grease The Musical in London have dedicated the run of the show to the late Olivia Newton-John.
Olivia, who passed away peacefully at her home in Southern California on Monday morning following a 30-year battle with cancer, played Sandy Olsson in the 1978 film.
In joint statement following Tuesday night’s West End performance of the show, the cast said it was a “huge honour to follow in Olivia’s footsteps each night” and they were inspired by her work.
The cast of Grease The Musical in London have dedicated the run of the show to the late Olivia Newton-John
As the show concluded, actress Olivia Moore, who plays Sandy in current run, addressed audiences against a backdrop of a large image of Olivia, which glowed in the neon pink stage lighting.
‘Ladies and gentlemen, I am sure you have all heard the incredibly sad news that Olivia Newton-John passed away yesterday evening,’ Moore said to the crowd.
‘She of course played Sandy in the film and she is an icon who has inspired countless young performers across the world, especially all of us in this company.
‘It is a huge honor to follow in Olivia’s footsteps each night and perform those songs that she made world-famous with millions of fans that continue to celebrate her incredible talent.’
She continued, ‘We are dedicating our run of Grease to Olivia’s memory and all that she stood for.’
Moore, 26, added that a collection for breast cancer support, a charity for which Olivia raised much awareness, was being held at the exits of the theatre.
Olivia, who passed away peacefully on Monday at her home in Southern California, played Sandy Olsson in the 1978 film
The UK production features Aussie stars Peter Andre, who plays Vince Fontaine, and Jason Donovan as Teen Angel.
The former Neighbours actor will perform the role at some performances for six weeks, while Andre will be at some performances until October.
Andre make a heartfelt tribute to Newton-John following her death, sharing a photo of them together after performing at a charity event.
Newton-John’s iconic sweet-to-sexy transformation was recreated for years to come in costumes and tributes
Newton-John famously resisted the part of Sandy in the 1978 movie Grease. She was 28 at the time and thought she was too old to play a fresh-faced high school student
‘The night of the Spina Bifida charity concert in Australia where I had the privilege to perform alongside Dame Olivia Newton John,’ he wrote alongside the Instagram post.
‘This photo reminds me what a warm, kind and giving person she was. She smiled constantly and spent time speaking to everyone backstage. I will never forget it.’
Meanwhile, Donovan shared a video via his Instagram Story that showed buildings in Melbourne light up in pink to honour the Xanadu songstress.
London’s Grease The Musical is directed by Nikolai Foster and will play at the Dominion Theatre until October 29.
On Monday morning, Newton-John’s husband broke the news of the star’s death in a heartbreak Facebook post, following her brave and extraordinarily public decades-long health battle.
‘Dame Olivia Newton-John (73) passed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends,’ Mr Easterling wrote.
‘We ask that everyone please respect the family’s privacy during this very difficult time.
Just days before her death, Olivia Newton-John posted a heartwarming photo to Instagram alongside her husband John Easterling
Olivia’s death was announced by her husband John Easterling on Monday on her social media pages, saying she died surrounded by family and friends
‘Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer.
‘Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to researching plant medicine and cancer.’
Her Grease co-star and on-screen love interest John Travolta, who played Danny Zuko in the film, also shared a personal tribute.
‘My dearest Olivia, you made all of our lives so much better. Your impact was incredible. I love you so much. We will see you down the road and we will all be together again,’ he wrote in an Instagram post.
‘Yours from the first moment I saw you and forever! Your Danny, your John!’
John Travolta was among the first to pay tribute to Newton-John on Instagram. Their joint performance catapulted both of their careers in 1978
Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta in the iconic 1978 movie Grease that catapulted her career. He was among the first to pay tribute to her on Monday