The members of Grease The Musical in the West End spent their entire life in memory of Dame Olivia Newton-John, following her death at the age of 73.
In a joint statement after the show’s West End performance on Tuesday night, they said it was a “great honor to follow in Olivia’s footsteps every night” and were all inspired by her work. she.
Dame Olivia’s death was announced on social media by her widow, John Easterling, who said she passed away peacefully at her home in California, following a battle with cancer.
Actress known for playing Sandy in the 1978 film alongside John Travolta, who played Danny Zuko.
It is an honor to follow in Olivia’s footsteps every night and perform the songs she has made world famous with millions of fans who continue to praise her incredible talent. .Cast of Grease the Musical
As the show concluded, actress Olivia Moore, who plays Sandy in the current film, spoke to the audience against the backdrop of Dame Olivia’s big picture, set in neon pink.
“Ladies and gentlemen, I’m sure you all heard the extremely sad news that Olivia Newton-John passed away last night,” she said.
“Of course she played Sandy in the movie and she is an icon that has inspired countless young artists around the world, especially all of us in this company.
“It is an honor to follow Olivia every night and perform her songs that have made her world famous with millions of fans to continue praising her incredible talent.
“We’re dedicating our Grease journey to a tribute to Olivia and all she’s worked so hard for tonight.”
Ms Moore, 26, added that a breast cancer advocacy collection, a charity for which Dame Olivia has raised awareness, is being held at the exit of the theatre.
Celebrities from across the creative industries paid tribute to the singer and actress, including Abba, Dolly Parton, Kylie Minogue, Peter Andre, as well as Travolta, who spearheaded the shows. honors on Monday.
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Dame Olivia finished fourth at the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest in Brighton, where Swedish pop outfit Abba won with Waterloo, launching their careers.
The global superstars have described her as “the most beautiful, kindest and loveliest woman” and praised her “courageous fight” against the “invincible enemy” after the incident. her death.
Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Agnetha Faltskog, who performed with Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson in the group, paid tribute in statements to the PA news agency.
Lyngstad, known as Frida, said: “What do you feel, what do you say when the most beautiful, kindest and most loving woman leaves us to travel somewhere else?
“It breaks my heart to know Olivia’s brave fight against an invincible enemy, in her case,.
“That she never gave up or complained about her situation, but instead told us her story so we understood and wanted to help others affected.
“I am so grateful to have known someone like you, Olivia, and you will always be in my heart. With love, your friend Frida. “
Faltskog added: “Very sad to hear of Olivia’s passing… A good person has left us – and there are many of us who are mourning her.
“My thoughts on her family, music and personality will always be in my memory.”
US country legend Parton said she was “so happy our lives have come to pass” in memory of Dame Olivia.
Travolta paid tribute on Instagram shortly after the news of Dame Olivia’s death was announced on Monday night.
“My dearest Olivia, you have made our lives so much better,” he wrote.
“Your impact is amazing. I love you very much. We’ll see you on the road and we’ll all be together again.
“Yours from the first moment I saw you and forever! Your Danny, Your John! “
In addition to her best-selling role in Grease, Dame Olivia is also a multi-platinum-selling artist, with two singles and two albums that have earned certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
She is survived by her husband as well as daughter Chloe Lattanzi.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/cast-of-grease-the-musical-dedicates-entire-show-run-to-olivia-newton-john-41901849.html Cast of Grease The Musical dedicates the entire performance to Olivia Newton-John