Here is Rydell High’s senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding “Burger Palace Boys” and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking “Pink Ladies” in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical. Head “greaser” Danny Zuko and new (good) girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the high romance of their “Summer Nights” as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through such songs as “Greased Lightnin’,” “It’s Raining on Prom Night,” and “Alone at the Drive-In Movie,” recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard, and Elvis Presley that became the soundtrack of a generation.
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey
The fifth production of the season was “Grease” with its innovative set: a 14 foot high jukebox through which a battery-driven car entered the stage. The jukebox would light-up up on the sides and the top in colors of purple, orange, yellow and blue. The orchestra sat up in the middle of the jukebox, where the music would come out just like a real jukebox. The floor was decorated with replicas of 45 RPM records. Other memorabilia of the 1950’s decorated the walls. The show featured first-timers Marcie Taylor and Carolyn Robinson. “Grease” was well-received and an audience favorite. “Grease” was held over for an additional performance for March 3, 1991. The corporate sponsor for “Grease” was radio station WIHN 96.7 FM. The 69th season was announced in the “Grease” program. The new season was themed “Something For Everyone.”