The West End star who is currently producing Grease said it was “bizarre” to hear of Dame Olivia Newton-John’s death around the time of the show and then reveal it to audiences.
C Stress Olivia Moore, who plays Sandy in the musical, said the performance was a “bag of mixed emotions” but she was “proud to keep waving that Sandy flag”.
Dame Olivia passed away peacefully on Monday at her home in California at the age of 73, surrounded by friends and loved ones, her husband confirmed on social media.
Grease’s Monday night performance at the Dominion Theatre, in London, in her memory.
Speaking to the PA news agency, Ms Moore, 26, hailed the “iconic” actress as “perfection” and said she felt a “responsibility” to continue her legacy.
“She is totally with us tonight mentally and she will be with us for the rest of the way,” she said.
“Tonight is such a special moment. A lot of people came into my dressing room to tell me and the news spread pretty quickly.
“She has so many fans, so many people who love her and love what she does… the world she has created.
“A lot of viewers don’t know so it’s really unfortunate to have to give them bad news.
“It’s very, very surreal.”
A lot of viewers don’t know so it’s really sad to have to tell them the bad news. It’s very, very surreal.West End actress Olivia Moore
Ms. Moore said that after learning about the news around that time, she returned to the stage to sing Sandy’s famous song “Hopelessly Devoted To You”.
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“I would never sing it like I do now,” she told PA.
“Anyway, it’s a very emotional song, with the characters and what’s going on… it’s very emotional and very empowering.
“So it was a great moment, but I felt like I sang it like the last time and… on stage, I felt so pressured because I felt pressured to finish it perfectly. perfect.
“I was like ‘this is hers for her so I can’t be trash’.”
The actress said that as well as her “incredible talent”, Dame Olivia seemed “very humble and respectful”.
“Something that stands out is what people say about her as a human being,” she said.
“I think that’s what I went through watching her and idolizing her – what a wonderful person she seems to be.
“I wish I had known her.”
She added: “The way she performed Sandy, the way she was Sandy, is perfection and I’m definitely taking responsibility now and making sure I keep waving that Sandy flag.”
A statement released by the cast and crew of Grease The Musical after the show read: “Olivia Newton-John is an icon that has inspired countless young performers around the world, especially especially our West End company Grease.
“It is a tremendous honor to perform the songs she made world famous for in front of thousands of fans, who continue to honor this musical’s legacy and incredible talent. hers.
“Our thoughts are with Olivia’s family and loved ones at this difficult time.
“We want to dedicate tonight’s performance and the rest of the race to the memory of Olivia and all she has stood for.”
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/grease-the-musical-star-it-was-surreal-to-break-dame-olivias-death-to-audience-41898835.html Grease The Musical star: It’s surreal to break Dame Olivia’s death for audiences