Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Callea's the word....

Press Reviews for Anthony Callea - Grease 2013

Herald Sun
the cameos from various stars including Bert Newton, Val Lehman, Todd McKenney and Anthony Callea are fabulous fun.


Courier Mail
The stunt casting of Bert Newton, Val Lehman, Todd McKenney and Anthony Callea is the best kind in Grease, each of them get their moment in the sun but don't steal the limelight for too long. Although Callea's Johnny Casino very nearly does steals the show.


Arts Hub
The trend of moonlighting celebrities in Australian musicals continues, with Bert Newton playing Vince Fontaine like the true entertainer he is and Anthony Callea’s ‘Born to Hand Jive’ as Johnny Casino a high energy addition.

Stage Whispers
Casting the cameo roles with personalities has become a Grease tradition. Pint-sized Anthony Callea (Johnny Casino) sang the heart out of “Born to Hand Jive,”

the energy of Bert Newton, Todd McKenny and Anthony Callea, made the second half much more fun


Sydney Morning Herald
The second act gives up most of the pretence of a story or character development (or schoolwork) in favour of big dance numbers. Anthony Callea puts a modern pop spin on Born to Hand Jive, his only number as Johnny Casino, and a bedazzled Todd McKenney literally sparkles as Teen Angel.
Aussies love celebrity and they populate this show in great numbers. Anthony Callea sets the stage on fire and delivers an outstanding performance.


The Australian
Sporting a distinctively modern haircut, Anthony Callea is in the pocket for Born to Hand Jive, which features fun rockabilly lifts and the high-kicking Cha Cha (Andrea Arena).

Bert Newton as Vince Fontaine, Val Lehman as Miss Lynch, Anthony Callea as Johnny Casino and Todd McKenney as Teen Angel have all been cast for star power and they all shine as brightly as you’d expect.

Aussie Theatre
Included in the star-studded line-up was Australian Idol runner-up Anthony Callea as Johnny Casino, performing the song ‘Hand Jive’ at the Rydell High dance off. Callea is a natural entertainer and a delight to watch.


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