Chubby Checker, the 1950's rock n' roll legend whose #1 hit "Let's Do the Twist" introduced that dance craze, will enter the Broadway cast of Grease! as the Teen Angel on April 30.
The show-stopping role that includes the number Beauty School Drop Out is currently played by recording star Al Jarreau, through April 28.
New students enrolling in Rydell High are Jody Watley, taking over the role of Betty Rizzo, and Joe Barbara making his Broadway debut as Danny Zuko.Watley, a recording artist who began in the late seventies and was co founder of the trio Shalamar, will step into a role formerly played by stars such as Rosie O'Donnell, Brooke Shields, Maureen McCormick and Joely Fisher.
Barbara will leave his role as Joe Carlino, a police officer and restaurant owner on TV's "Another World," to take over the role of Danny, now played by Jeff Trachta , once played by Jon Secada.