American Idol favorite Clay Aiken, most recently on Broadway in Ruben & Clay’s First Annual Christmas Carol Family Fun Pageant Spectacular Reunion Show, will play the Teen Angel in the Pittsburgh CLO’s upcoming production of Grease.
Directed and choreographed by Barry Ivan, the limited engagement will play the Benedum Center June 7–16.
Aiken will be joined by Anastasia's Zach Adkins as Danny Zuko, Spider-Man's Kristen Martin as Sandy, Wicked's Jackie Burns as Rizzo, Damon J. Gillespie (NBC’s Rise) as Doody, Vince Oddo as Kenickie, Daniel J. Maldonado as Sonny, Alex Prakken as Roger, Becca Andrews as Marty, Melessie Clark as Jan, Mei Lu Barnum as Frenchy, Andrea Weinzierl as Patty, Jordan DeLeon as Eugene, Matt Bogart as Vince, Hannah Kohn as Cha-Cha, and Ruth Gotschall as Miss Lynch.
The company also includes Jordan Alexander, Sky Bennett, Bailee Brinkman, William Bureau, Trevor Clarida, Pricilla Curtis, Croix Dilenno, Jamary Gil, Michael Greer, Jessica Ice, Chloe Kehm, Jeffrey Koch, Natalie Leonard, Meghan Manning, Charlie Patterson, Eric Phelps, Jenna Rifkind, Jake David Smith, and Lawson Young.
The teen ensemble features Benjamin Godley-Fisher, Trisha Holmes, Caroline Lucas, Jayne Miner, Felicia Niebel, Will Palicki, Jonathan Parker, Madeline Sclichter, Braedan Steffey, Halle Surgil, Cameron Tino, Grace Vensel, Aaron Ventresca, and Lucia Williams.
With a book and score by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, Grease features such tunes as “We Go Together,” “Summer Nights,” “Greased Lightning,” “Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee,” “Beauty School Dropout,” and “There Are Worse Things I Could Do.” The original 1972 Broadway production featured Carole Demas as Sandy Dumbrowski and Barry Bostwick as Danny Zuko.
The creative team also includes musical director James Cunningham and casting director Geoff Josselson, CSA.