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Behind the Scenes of Grease with Bradley Judge

By DavidTuesday 13th September 2016

Bradley Judge, who plays Sonny. Bradley Judge, who plays Sonny.

Entertainment is a big part of the Royal Caribbean experience and we’ve got a long history of putting on some of the best shows on the seas. The latest addition to our enviable entertainment programme is the tale of two lovebirds: Grease. This show-stopping Broadway-style musical has been wowing audiences since earlier this year, so we decided to go behind the scenes to interview a few of the cast members. Our second interview is with Bradley Judge, who plays Sonny.

1. How did it feel to be selected as a cast member?

It was such an honour to be cast in this production. Being an actor isn’t easy, as you never know when the next job opportunity will come along and there is so much competition for every role. To be cast in a new production of one of the best-loved musicals feels amazing!

2. What did you want to be when you were little?

I was brought up in a very theatrical family and I always knew that I wanted to be on the stage. I trained hard to get to where I am – lots of dance, singing and acting lessons, as well as two degrees (a BA Hons in Music Theatre and an MA in Musical Theatre). Now I’m out in the world doing what I love, which is amazing.

3. How long were you in rehearsals for Grease?

As well as Grease, we do two other production shows and a few standalone singing sets and parades for other venues around the ship, so the rehearsal process is quite lengthy. For Grease, we had just over three weeks in the rehearsal studios and three weeks onboard. Once we were onboard we had to remember that we weren’t the only ones rehearsing. We were joined by the teams running the backstage area, the lights, sound, the set, costumes, and the band. As it was a brand new show, everything had to be started from scratch, so some things took a little longer than we expected.

4. What's it like performing on Independence of the Seas?

Performing on Independence of the Seas is great, and the Alhambra Theatre is beautiful. Before joining Royal Caribbean I had no idea that a ship could have a 1000-seat theatre. It can be a little tough if the boat rocks and you’re trying to do a fast dance routine, but it’s all fun.

5. Why do you love Grease?

I love the show because it’s so much fun, not only to watch but to perform. Every time we perform, I get such a buzz, especially when we do ‘Greased Lightning’. I’m a huge fan of musicals that have lots of energy and excitement and Grease fits the bill perfectly.

7. If you could play any character in any show, which character would it be and why?

My dream roles are Link Larkin in Hairspray, Leo Bloom in the Producers and Seymour Krelbourne in Little Shop of Horrors. All of these roles are the complete opposite of Sonny and totally different from each other, which is why I love them. Theatre gives me the chance to try something new in every show.

8. What's your favourite Grease song and why?

Favourite song? That’s a tough one. There are a lot of great songs in the show. There are the classics, like Summer Nights, Greased Lightning and You’re the One That I Want, and the powerful ballads, like There Are Worst Things I Could Do and Hopelessly Devoted to You. If I had to pick, I would choose There Are Worst Things I Could Do, which is sung by Rizzo. It’s such a poignant song and it’s a huge moment for the character.

10. Which destination are you most looking forward to seeing?

As it’s my first time onboard, I’m excited to visit all of the destinations.  I’m especially excited to visit Mexico, mostly because I love Mexican food.

Want to see Grease?

You can see Grease onboard Harmony of the Seas and Independence of the Seas, so book your spot today.

Last month, we went Behind the Scenes with Louise Willoughby (Jan) and next month we’ll be interviewing Lizzie Rees (Frenchy). 

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