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Book, Music and Lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey

Jim Jacobs, Warren Casey | Broadway | large 20 plus

  • About the Show

    Act I

    In 1959, Rydell High School's students are starting a new year. ("Alma Mater Parody").

    Sandy Dumbrowski, the new girl at school and Danny Zuko, the leader of the 'Burger Palace Boys', had a brief love affair over the summer. Sandy recounts her version of the fling to the 'Pink Ladies' (Jan, Marty, Frenchy, and Betty Rizzo), while Danny tells the Boys (Roger, Doody, Sonny, and Kenickie) his rendition ("Summer Nights"). Sandy and Danny soon bump into each other at school, and while Sandy is happy to see him, he plays it cool. Meanwhile, the kids gather in the hall as Doody shows off his new guitar. The rock star wannabe gives an impromptu concert in the hall ("Those Magic Changes").

    At Marty's pajama party, the girls experiment with wine, cigarettes, and pierced ears, and talk about boys. Marty tells about her long-distance courtship with a Marine ("Freddy, My Love"). Meanwhile, the Burger Palace Boys are busy stealing hubcaps and teasing Kenickie about his new (used) car ("Greased Lightning").

    Danny sees Sandy again and tries to apologize for his behavior, but she is hurt to find out that he has told his friends that she is "easy." Head cheerleader Patty Simcox interrupts to prompt Sandy to join the squad and to tease Danny about his latest indiscretions ("Rydell Fight Song"). The kids take their newfangled portable radios for a rock and roll picnic in the park and plan how they will pair off at the upcoming school prom, while Roger shares his love for Jan and his favorite hobby ("Mooning"). Rizzo teases Danny for falling for a girl who resembles the excessively proper teenage ingénue, Sandra Dee ("Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee"). Sandy realizes that Danny is putting her off to be cool and wishes she had never met him.

    Then Danny suggests that Marty go out with Eugene, and she chases after him. Act I ends with a spirited pledge of friendship ("We Go Together").

    Act II

    At the High School Hop, everyone is dancing, except Sandy ("Shakin' At the High School Hop"). She is home feeling sorry for herself ("It's Raining on Prom Night"). Meanwhile, favorite radio DJ Vince Fontaine, is warming the kids up for the hand-jive dance contest. Kenickie dumps his blind date, Cha-Cha DiGregorio, and pairs up with Rizzo. Danny and Cha-Cha then proceed to win the dance contest ("Born to Hand Jive").

    A few days later at the Burger Palace after school, a couple of the guys run into Frenchy, who flunked out of Rydell and has now dropped out of beauty school ("Beauty School Dropout"). Danny, who has taken up track in order to win back Sandy's affections, does not know that Cha-Cha's boyfriend's gang has challenged the guys to a rumble. He is more concerned about patching things up with Sandy at the Twi-Light Drive-In, but he moves too fast for her, and she leaves ("All Alone at a Drive-In Movie"). A couple of days later, the "greasers" are having a party in Jan's basement, as Doody and Roger sing "Rock 'n' Roll Party Queen." Rizzo is worried that she is pregnant, but she is so mad at Kenickie that she tells him he is not the father. Rizzo rejects the kids' offers of help, especially Sandy's ("There Are Worse Things I Could Do"). Sandy wonders what she needs to do to fit in at Rydell ("Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee Reprise").

    The next time Sandy meets up with the Burger Palace Boys and the Pink Ladies, she has transformed herself into a greaser's dream date ("All Choked Up"). Rizzo reveals that she is not pregnant, and she and Kenickie reunite. All ends happily ("We Go Together-Reprise").

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    Casting Information

    DANNY: The leader of the "Burger palace Boys." Well-built, nice-looking, with an air of cool easy-going charm. Strong and confident.

    SANDY: Danny's love interest. Sweet, wholesome, naïve, cute, like Sandra Dee of the "Gidget" movies.

    THE "PINK LADIES": The club-jacketed, gum-chewing, hip-swinging girls' gang that hangs around with the "Burger Palace Boys.

    RIZZO: Leader of the Pink Ladies. She is tough, sarcastic and outspoken but vulnerable. Thin, Italian, with unconventional good looks.

    FRENCHY: A dreamer. Good-natured and dumb. Heavily made-up, fussy about her appearance—particularly her hair. She can't wait to finish high school so she can be a beautician.

    MARTY: The "beauty" of the Pink Ladies. Pretty, looks older than the other girls, but betrays her real age when she opens her mouth. Tries to act sophisticated.

    JAN: Chubby, compulsive eater. Loud and pushy with the girls, but shy with boys.

    THE "BURGER PALACE BOYS": A super-cool, D.A.-haired, hard-looking group of high school wheeler-dealers… or so they think.

    KENICKIE: Second-in-command of the Burger Palace Boys. Tough-looking, tattooed, surly, avoids any show of softness. Has an off-beat sense of humor.

    DOODY: Youngest of the guys. Small, boyish, open, with a disarming smile and a hero-worshipping attitude toward the other guys. He also plays the guitar.

    ROGER: The "anything-for-a-laugh" stocky type. Full of mischief, half-baked schemes and ideas. A clown who enjoys putting other people on.

    SONNY: Italian-looking, with shiny black hair and dark oily skin. A braggart and wheeler-dealer who thinks he's a real lady-killer.

    OTHER ROLES

    PATTY: A typical cheerleader at a middle-class American public high school. Attractive and athletic. Aggressive, sure of herself, given to bursts of disconcerting enthusiasm. Catty, but in an All-American Girl sort of way. She can also twirl a baton.

    CHA-CHA: A Blind date. Slovenly, loud-mouthed and homely. Takes pride in being "the best dancer at St. Bernadette's."

    EUGENE: The class valedictorian. Physically awkward, with weak eyes and a high-pitched voice. An apple-polisher, smug and pompous but gullible.

    VINCE FONTAINE: A typical "teen audience" radio disc jockey. Slick, egotistical, fast-talking. A veteran "greaser."

    JOHNNY CASINO: A "greaser" student at Rydell who leads a rock 'n' roll band and likes to think of himself as a real rock 'n' roll idol.

    TEEN ANGEL: A good-looking falsetto-voiced, Fabian-look-alike. A singer who would have caused girls to scream and riot back in 1958.

    MISS LYNCH: An old maid English teacher.

    Rehearsal set

    3 Director's Scripts

    18 Cast Scripts and Vocal Books

    1 Piano-Conductor Score

    Orchestration

    Piano/Conductor
    Reed I (Tenor Saxophone)
    Reed II (Tenor Saxophone)
    Guitar I
    Guitar II
    Drums
    Bass

    Resources

    The songs "You're the One That I Want" and "Hopelessly Devoted" are available as a supplement to the standard GREASE material.

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