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I’ve got chills! Muddy meets Peter Andre

The Aussie crooner is back on stage as Teen Angel in one of our all-time favourite musicals Grease. We sat down for a natter about dual roles, Fifties fashion and his upcoming show in Woking.

The iconic musical Grease is back and it’s rolling into Surrey – playing at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking from Tues 7 – Sat 11 Sept. Directed by Nikolai Foster and choreographed by former Strictly judge Arlene Phillips, the hit musical has Peter Andre in the roles of Teen Angel and Vince Fontaine.

Actors have had a long time away from the stage during Covid, what’s it going to be like getting back into the spotlight.

I’m looking forward to everything. The atmosphere is going to be, excuse the pun, electrifying. I want to make up for lost time and make sure that every single show is immense fun!

So back in the wings, eh?! You played Teen Angel in the 2019 but this time you’re doing double duty as Vince Fontaine. How does that work?

[Laughs] I may even be doing a third role, if I can get changed on time. The more characters the better for me. Each one of them has a different accent, so I get to do different dialects, and it’s good to be acting as well as singing. It’s a very quick change but I love the energy – it’s really good fun.

Fave song?

My main song is Beauty School Drop-Out, but I also get to sing Grease with the rest of the cast and that’s such a great, iconic song.

Right then! Fashion – specifically Fifties fashion – love it or loathe it?

Love it! It’s amazing how many things come back in fashion. And I do love the big 50s hair. Nowadays you don’t want to look too vain so for guys it’s short-ish hair but back then it was all about the quiff and the DA, and I love that.

You made your musical theatre debut in only 2019. What took you so long?

It was just something I never thought of doing, ever. It’s the same when people ask me ‘Why didn’t you audition for Home and Away or Neighbours?’ but, although I loved them, it just never appealed to me. I feel to proud to say that I sold out the likes of Wembley Arena and The O2 over three decades and now there are all these other things I get to do that I’ve never done before – like feature films and stage shows. Acting is something I studied as a kid and I love doing something that combines acting, singing and dancing. Getting to do all three with a show like Grease is brilliant.

When you’re touring, what cant’ you live without?

I guess my phone. I know that’s a typical thing to choose but FaceTime is such a wonderful thing. I ring my mum and dad in Australia every single day, bar the odd day here and there.

You’re bringing the show to the New Victoria Theatre. Does it have any resonance for you?

Woking is great, not only because Gordon Ramsey has just opened a burger restaurant there – although that does make it even more exciting to be going back. It’s such a beautiful town too.

Grease is at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking from Tues 7 – Sat 11 Sept. Tickets are on sale now from £13.

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