Costumes were very good. Very period and very well carried by the actors. Rizzo pissed me off... mostly because she couldn't decide if she was having fun or not. She should have picked one and stuck with it.... seemed like she fell out of character a few times to me. The costumer used a technique that I really like, but I don't know what it's called. Each and character had a color scheme that matched their personality and they ALWAYS wore that color. Also, the 'couples' in the show matched colors. Very nice. Rizzo was red. I always wanted to play Rizzo. :-D
Choreography in general made me want to dance, but there was a strange number with hula-hoops that I didn't quite understand. Use of period dances, also very nicely executed.
Sets. Well, there isn't much to say other than awesome. Details could have been more detailed, but not necessary for the style of the show. Use of smoke during the Beauty School Drop Out was very well done, and it dispersed quickly(wasn't smelly or smokey, Heather you would have liked it).
Lighting was very, very, very good. Loved some of the zoom stuff they did and when they do a black out, they do a black out. Very impressed.
Sound. Well, we shall say that I couldn't tell if anyone was mic-ed or not. The only reason I thought of it was because I knew they were not able to project like that (well, MAYBE, but I highly doubt it... because there was no sound degeneration). Very well done, I think they might have had head mics, but nothing that was detectable by the eye from row H, seat 104 (my seat).
Acting. Eh. Could have been better, could have been worse. But with a show like this, didn't really matter much. It lacked in places where it was just Danny and Sandy on the stage... not much chemistry, but I blame that on the fact that Danny was played by the understudy. He did well for the circumstances. I would have liked to know how many performances he had to understudy....
Singing. The actors voices fit their parts very well. I hesitate to say this, but I will anyway... I think they were probably cast more on their singing voices and their appearance than on their acting ability, but that's how it goes in show business.
Score/Orchestra. Good job. Nothing to complain about.. the director was having fun.. couldn't see the rest of the pit as they were under the stage... but sounded very good for a orchestra of that size (ten, tops).
What else? Um, stage presence.... all actors did a great job... it's a high-energy show, and was pulled off well... they definitely put the "fun" in it and left everyone leaving the theatre feeling good like a good musical should.
So in general, very high marks for technical, looses points in the acting category, but gains them back in fun-ness. :-)
Here's something I would like to know. Which came first? The movie or the musical? I'm inclined to say the movie... but I don't know, so further analysis is not possible. If someone knows/finds out, please comment, so I can delve further. I love delving. :-)