musical in English language
target audience: high school students
period: to be defined
GREASE, whose title alludes to brilliantine, the food of the first fast food and the roaring engines of the legendary Fifties, was born from the idea of Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey to make a musical composed only for guitar and capable of making a leap back to the golden days of rock’n’roll. He made his debut at the Kingston Mines Chicago Club in 1971, where he was seen by producers Ken Waissman and Maxine Fox, who decided to take him to Broadway, setting up a new version directed by Tom Moore and choreographed by Patricia Birch. Then in 1972 GREASE arrives in the Off-Broadway at the Eden Theatre, receiving seven Tony Award nominations. In June of the same year he moved to Broadway where he remained on stage until April 1980, collecting 3388 replicas. In 1974 at the New London Theatre the London version of the musical was set up with a then still unknown Richard Gere in the role of Danny Zuko, the protagonist. From there the musical becomes a worldwide success, staged in many countries including Italy. His songs climb the charts and remain at the top for years. In 1978 the film of the same name was produced with John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, in which the song Hopelessly devoted to you received an Oscar nomination for best original song.
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