Over the Rainbow’s Lauren joins Grease in the West End

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Over the Rainbow's Lauren joins Grease in the West End

Lauren Samuels may have been pipped at the post for the role of Dorothy in the BBC’s talent search ‘Over the Rainbow’, but West End audiences will still get their chance to hear her great singing voice when she takes on the lead role of Sandy in Grease – starting next month.

The classic rock ‘n’ roll musical is celebrating its third anniversary in London this summer, and Lauren’s role is bound to see even more people heading to the Piccadilly Theatre to see her take on the part made famous by Olivia Newton-John in the classic film. I know I can’t wait to see what she brings to the part!

When Lauren auditioned for the competitive role of Dorothy in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s upcoming Wizard of Oz musical, she promised to bring a feisty and funny Dorothy to the stage. So even though Lauren sadly lost to 18-year-old Danielle Hope – who I have to admit just seemed perfect for that part – it really sounds like she could deliver a unique take on Sandra Dee!

However much we all love the film, Grease started life on the stage – and that’s where it works best. The new version by Paul Nicholas and David Ian returns for its new West End season on 26th July, lasting until January of next year, so you’ve got no excuse not to see it ;)

Lauren will be starring alongside Noel Sullivan, who still plays the loveable bad boy Danny Zuko after receiving much acclaim for his performance. But other fresh faces will be joining the cast too, including Siubhan Harrison as Rizzo (who’s always been my favourite of the gang at Rydell High!), making the new and improved Grease a top choice if you’re looking for the perfect girl’s night out or theatre break in the capital.

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