Created in 1971 by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, launched on Valentine’s day in 1972 and played 3,388 times in Broadway during its first run, Grease was nominated for 7 Tony Awards. In 1974, Grease was produced in London, and four years later the film adaptation came to be. The eponymous movie, carried to its fame by Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta, swooped $400 million in sales and is often cited as the most popular musical film. This musical adaptation truly propelled John Travolta’s career.
Its success has not died down since. The musical was taken back by Broadway (for 1,505 performances between 1994 and 1998), exploited during tours across the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa and several European countries. Richard Gere, Elaine Paige and others still have taken part in one of the production.
The story begins in 1959 at Rydell High School, in Chicago’s suburban area, backed up by rock music. New student Sandy Dumbrowski starts attending Rydell, where she meets her summer flame and leader of the Burger Palace Boys, Danny Zuko. If she is happy to meet him again, his concern revolves more around his popularity and his image of gang leader than Sandy’s feelings. Undeterred by his aloofness, Sandy will seek help from the Pink Ladies and establish herself as a force to be reckoned with in this game of love and chance.