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Grease Star for Bridlington Panto

Published by Matthew Pells at 3:32pm 23rd May 2019. (Updated at 4:20pm 23rd May 2019)

Grease legend Didi Conn will spend Christmas in Bridlington this year as the Fairy Godmother in Bridlington Spa's family pantomime, Cinderella.

Didi burst onto screens in the iconic 1978 movie musical Grease as the loveable Beauty School Dropout, Frenchy and became the only original cast member to appear in all three incarnations of Grease, reprising her role as Frenchy in follow-up movie Grease 2 and coming full circle to make a touching cameo in the diner of 2016’s Live TV adaptation as Vi, giving sage advice to Carly Rae Jepsen’s Frenchy.

Didi Conn

Didi was most recently seen on UK TV screens as a contestant on ITV’s Dancing on Ice. At the age of 67, Didi was the oldest competitor in the show’s history. She delighted audiences when she donned her original Pink Ladies jacket to skate to We Go Together, still sporting a mustard stain picked up whilst filming the movie’s famous drive-in scene.  Alongside her partner, professional ice skater Łukasz Różycki, she made it to week four of the competition.

Didi will be making her pantomime debut as Cinderella’s magical Fairy Godmother which runs  at Bridlington Spa from Friday 13 December 2019 to Sunday 5 January 2020.

Pantomime Producer Paul Holman said:

“I am delighted to be bringing the magnificent Didi to Bridlington this Christmas. With her vivacious charm and exceptional talent, audiences will be hand-jiving into the New Year!”

Andrew Aldis, General Manager of Bridlington Spa said:

I believe that announcing an unexpected star name is name of the game in regional pantomime.  I suspect people are reacting to this announcement with the words, ‘Frenchie from Grease?  In Bridlington?’ and knowing that’s being said brings me real joy.

Once I knew that she was coming, I showed her picture to a few people of different ages and every single one recognised her – such is the appeal of the 1978 film and her time on Dancing on Ice.

All I can say for our Cinderella is that I hope she listens to the Fairy Godmother’s advice better than Frenchie did her guardian angel in the Beauty School Dropout number.  If she doesn’t then she might not be going to a ball any time soon.”

 

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