Grease Celebrates 49 Years on Stage

February 14, 2021 - 115 views

The Stage Musical Version of Grease - A Show That Changed So Many Teenage Lives.

The original Broadway production of Grease opened on February 14th 1972, at the Eden Theatre, with Barry Bostwick as Danny Zuko opposite Carole Demas as Sandy Dumbrowski. The production received seven Tony Award nominations, including one for Best Musical, and went on to play 3,388 performances, a record at the time. Notable replacements during the show's eight-year run included Peter Gallagher, Patrick Swayze, John Travolta, Judy Kaye, and Richard Gere.

Grease tells the story of Danny and Sandy who fall for each other during a carefree summer fling. But when the school year begins, Danny is torn between his feelings for good-girl Sandy and his image with the T-Birds and the Pink Ladies. Written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, the musical has cemented itself in theatre history with classics such as "You're the One That I Want," "Summer Nights," and so many more.

At the time that it closed in 1980, Grease's 3,388-performance run was the longest yet in Broadway history, although it was surpassed by A Chorus Line on September 29, 1983. It went on to become a West End hit, a successful feature film, two popular Broadway revivals in 1994 and 2007, and a staple of regional theatre, community theatre, and school drama groups.

Even without the excuse of a birthday, Grease is never really far away. To people who love Grease, it reminds them of when they first watched it, it reminds them of what it meant to them when they were a kid, what it taught them about being in love and what it taught them about teenage rebellion. I think it stays with you throughout your whole life.

To mark this great anniversary, our Box Office Radio Mini Matinee, at 4.15pm on Monday, will showcase four great songs from this iconic musical and movie.

Rydell High for ever.