DATES: 14 - 17 May 2014
It's 1959 and Rydell High is filled with rebellious, thrill-loving students. Sandy Dumbrowski enters as the new girl in school. It turns out that she and the leader of the Burger Palace Boys gang, Danny Zuko, have had a brief love affair the summer before. While Sandy stresses to her new classmates the emotional attachment she and Danny had, Danny stresses the physical aspects of their relationship. As the show goes on, the students have to deal with love, gang violence, teen pregnancy, and friendship.
Like most people born after 1978, I grew up with the film Grease. I can still recite most of the dialogue, and I have definitely bopped to the Grease Megamix at many a school disco. I would imagine that in this, I am far from alone; it is consistently voted the most popular musical in polls, and is generally considered one of the most iconic films of our time.
This makes it a hard act for a stage musical to follow, even when the stage version came first. Grease the stage musical is much more of an innocent pastiche of high school in '50s America than the film is. It is homage to a simpler age, and a sweet tale of finding yourself and growing up.
So KVTG have rather a hard task at hand in taking such a well known and beloved musical back to its original form, and overall they did a great job. They did not attempt to copy the film, though there were nods to it here and there; the iconic dance sequence from Greased Lightning being one of them.
Sarah Dowd, Lizzie Lattimore
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