GREASE™ opened on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street) on Sunday, August 19, 2007 following preview performances which began on Tuesday, July 24, 2007. Directed and choreographed by two-time Tony Award-winner Kathleen Marshall (The Pajama Game), GREASE™ features book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey.
After 12 weeks of nationally televised auditions, 90 million viewers and millions of votes, LAURA OSNES and MAX CRUMM are the ones that America wants to play the iconic roles of “Sandy” and “Danny” in the new Broadway production of GREASE™. The two winners were announced during the live finale episode of the NBC talent competition series “GREASE: YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT” on Sunday, March 25, 2007.
GREASE™ is a rock n’ roll high school musical celebration of growin’ up, cruisin’ with friends and goin’ steady. The new production will feature songs from the smash hit 1978 motion picture for the first time ever on Broadway including “Sandy,” the Academy Award nominated song “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” “Grease” and “You’re the One That I Want” both of which were #1 hits on the Billboard Top 100 list. These songs will be heard in addition to the Jacobs/Casey songs made famous by the original stage production including “Summer Nights,” “Greased Lightnin’” and “We Go Together.”
The new production of GREASE™ features scenic design by Tony Award nominee Derek McLane (The Pajama Game), costume design by two-time Tony Award winner Martin Pakledinaz (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Kiss Me Kate), lighting design by Tony Award winner Kenneth Posner (The Coast of Utopia, Wicked) and sound design by Brian Ronan (Spring Awakening, Curtains).
GREASE™ originated in Chicago and made its premiere at The Kingston Mines Theater in 1971 before making its New York premiere off-Broadway at the Eden Theatre on February 14, 1972. After 128 sold-out performances, the show made the transition to Broadway taking up residence at the Broadhurst Theatre on June 7, 1972. GREASE™ was nominated for seven Tony Awards in its spectacular initial run. On November 21, 1972, the show moved to the Royale Theatre before making its final transfer on January 20, 1980 to the Majestic Theatre. It closed as the longest running show in Broadway history after playing 3,388 performances. In 1978, GREASE™ became a hugely popular feature film starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John in the lead roles. A Broadway revival opened on May 11, 1994 at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre where it played 1,503 performances and won three Tony Award nominations. A London revival opened on July 15, 1993 at the Dominion Theatre and ran for 6 years on London’s West End and is still touring the UK today. A West End revival is scheduled to open at the Piccadilly Theatre on August 8, 2007.
The film version of GREASE™ produced one of the best-selling soundtracks in history and is the highest-grossing movie musical of all time. The two Travolta/Newton-John duets, "You're The One That I Want" and "Summer Nights" were both #1 hits and appear on the United Kingdom’s All-Time Best-Selling Singles list. The song "Hopelessly Devoted to You" was nominated for an Academy Award (1979) for Best Music - Original Song and the film's title song, “Grease” was a #1 smash hit single for singer Frankie Valli.
NBC premiered “GREASE: YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT”, a nationally televised weekly talent competition search for the lead roles of Sandy Dumbrowski and Danny Zuko, on Sunday, January 7, 2007. The show featured thousands of hopefuls auditioning for the chance of a lifetime -- a starring role in a Broadway show. On-air judges Kathleen Marshall, producer David Ian and GREASE™ co-creator Jim Jacobs, narrowed down the field of contestants and then left the vote in America’s hands. Each week a new “Sandy” and “Danny” was voted off until America chose their favorite pair to star in the new Broadway production. Hosted by Billy Bush (“Access Hollywood”) and Denise van Outen, "GREASE: YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT" was produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. The BBC's Paul Telegdy, Emmy nominated Conrad Green ("Dancing with the Stars") and David Ian served as Executive Producers.
GREASE™ is produced on Broadway by Paul Nicholas and David Ian, Nederlander Presentations, Inc. and Terry Allen Kramer by arrangement with Robert Stigwood.
The GREASE™ Original Cast Recording is being produced by Sony BMG Masterworks Broadway and was released on Tuesday, October 2, 2007. www.sonybmgmasterworks.com
Tickets for GREASE™ are $121.50 - $71.50 and are available through TicketMaster at (212) 307-4100 or www.ticketmaster.com or by visiting the Brooks Atkinson box office. Group Sales are available by calling Nederlander Group Sales at 212-840-3890. Premium seating is available.
Performances are Tuesdays at 7 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., Wednesday and Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. For more information on the show and ticket availability, please visit our website, www.greaseonbroadway.com.
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