‘Vaselina’ Offers Nostalgic Musical Reboot of 1950s Teenage Angst
By THÉRÈSE MARGOLIS
The “New Generation” interpretation of Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey’s 1972 hit musical “Grease,” now playing at the Teatro del Parque in Huixquilucan’s Interlomas Shopping Mall, is a nostalgic tribute to a bygone era when black leather jackets and flirty hoop skirts were in teenage vogue and high school dramas revolved around first-date romances and hotrod dreams.
Timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Broadway premiere, “Vaselina,” as it is called in Mexico, has a robust and enthusiastic cast that gives this classic rock musical a contemporary twist without losing its original folksy charm, animated with a lively splash of Mexicanized Americana.
Starring an all-Mexican cast led by Alex Ibarra, Maffer Pagola, William Valdés, Paula d’León and Marcelo Carraro, the 90-minute play is great family fun and, despite occasional audio issues, definitely comes across with true “Greased Lightning” energy.
Originally premiered at the Teatro del Parque in December of last year, “Vaselina” is being being brought back for an encore performance on Saturday, Feb. 19, and Saturday, Feb. 26, at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., and on Sunday, Feb. 27, at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Tickets start at 455 pesos per person.