Running since: August, 2007 The pop bebop high school musical of 1950's Americana returns to The Street on the heels of a massive television talent search for the leads. Closes 1/4/2009
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This 1972 musical was one of the most popular Broadway shows of the second half of the century. Later made into a popular film starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, it's all about teenage rebelliousness in Ike's America, as the kids with greasy hair (hence the title) challenge their crew-cut stodgy elders by smoking (tobacco, mostly), drinking (cherry coke, mostly), and dancing ('hully gullying', not 'grinding').
The twist here is that the leads are "unknowns" cast via a reality show on NBC. The critics were admittedly a bit unkind (see critics' ratings, below), but director Kathleen Marshall's (Wonderful Town, The Pajama Game) production has been spiffily tweaked and squeaky-cleaned up for the 'tween market (see kid ratings, below). And from the sounds of things, the intended demographic is well pleased - the squeals, they're multiplyin'.
Cast News: "Grease: You're the One That I Want" finalists Ashley Spencer and Derek Keeling are now playing Sandy and Danny. Taylor Hicks ("American Idol"), who played Teen Angel earlier in the Broadway run, is now appearing in the show's national tour.
Everyone, regardless of age, must have a ticket to enter the theatre.
Here's a number from the show, as performed on the TV show: