Lead performers credit a touch of Grease with experiencing new meaning in life

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 01 September, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 01 September, 2010, 12:00am


You can catch the two stars of the upcoming Grease musical at 2.30pm today in Times Square, where they will perform hit songs You're the One that I Want and Sandy.

In town for just 48 hours to promote the show, South Africa natives Jonathan Roxmouth and Bethany Dickson bring plenty of stage experience to the show. Both made their stage debuts as children.

'I've always wanted to perform; it was a calling,' said Roxmouth, who turned his back on a career in criminal law to take a supporting role as Vince Fontaine in the 2006 production of Grease.

Since then, he's had a successful run, appearing in shows including Amadeus, The Buddy Holly Story and Beauty and the Beast, which won him a best male performer Naledi award in his home country.

To come full circle with Grease, this time as a lead character, is a dream come true for Roxmouth. Dickson, on the other hand, wasn't sure she had even wanted the role. 'I had just finished university and my friend asked me to audition,' she said, adding that she wasn't too happy at the time. 'But after getting the role, and then performing on stage, it's changed my life.'

Both believe that Grease - a musical about a group of high-school misfits in the 1950s - is a story that resonates with all generations. Roxmouth said youngsters in the 50s had a much tougher time than the youth of today.

'That was a time when adolescence wasn't even acknowledged,' he said. 'Boys went from children to men, so they had to grease their hair, drink beer, ride motorcycles and chase women.' Wait, did he say that was a tough time?

Grease's Hong Kong season runs from October 7 to 24, with shows daily except Mondays at the Lyric Theatre.

Visit www.hkticketing.com for details.