Look Back at Past Productions as Grease Celebrates Its 45th Anniversary

Photo Features   Look Back at Past Productions as Grease Celebrates Its 45th Anniversary
 
Take a look at vintage shots from the original 1972 Broadway production as well as the two major New York revivals.
A scene from the original New York production of Grease.
A scene from the original New York production of Grease.

Grease opened February 14, 1972, at the Eden Theatre. Barry Bostwick starred as Danny Zuko opposite Carole Demas as Sandy Dumbrowski. The cast also featured Adrienne Barbeau as Betty Rizzo, Timothy Meyers as Kenickie, and future Tony-winning Chicago director Walter Bobbie as Roger. 

The production received seven Tony Award nominations, including one for Best Musical, and went on to play 3,388 performances, a record at the time. Notable replacements during the show's eight-year run included Peter Gallagher, Patrick Swayze, John Travolta, Judy Kaye, and Richard Gere.

Grease returned to Broadway in a 1994 revival starring Ricky Paull Goldin and Susan Wood and again in a 2007 revival with Max Crumm, and Laura Osnes.

Flip through photos from past productions below:

Read a Playbill from the original 1972 production of Grease in the Vault.

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