By Andrew Gans
20 Jul 2008
|Photo by NBC Photo/Paul Drinkwater|
Crumm and Osnes, who play, respectively, Danny Zuko and Sandy Dumbrowski, were winners of the 2007 televised competition, "Grease: You're the One That I Want," that sought to cast the new Broadway revival of Grease.
Beginning July 22, Derek Keeling and Ashley Spencer, finalists in the aforementioned reality casting show, will begin their stint as the summer-loving couple. Keeling was most recently seen in the West Coast premiere of All Shook Up and also played Danny Zuko in a national tour of Grease. Spencer was recently on Broadway playing Amber von Tussle in the Tony-winning musical Hairspray.
Max Crumm hails from Phoenix, AZ, and auditioned for the Grease reality show in Los Angeles. He had performed in two productions of Grease but had never played the role of Danny. His other theatrical credits include the title role in The Grinch; Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream; Lysistrata; The Sound of Music; The Wizard of Oz; Into The Woods; You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown; Anything Goes; Hello, Dolly; Titanic; and Damn Yankees.
|photo by Joan Marcus|
Laura Osnes, who hails from Eagan, MN, also auditioned in Los Angeles for the Grease casting program. She had played the role of Sandy previously — in a production in Minnesota and has also appeared in productions of Peter Pan (as Peter Pan), The Sound of Music and Annie.
The current cast of Grease includes Janine DiVita as Rizzo, Ryan Patrick Binder as Doody, Susan Blommaert as Miss Lynch, Will Blum as Roger, Jeb Brown as Vince, Allison Fischer as Patty, Robyn Hurder as Marty, Lindsay Mendez as Jan, Jose Restrepo as Sonny, Matthew Saldivar as Kenickie, Jamison Scott as Eugene, Kirsten Wyatt as Frenchy and "American Idol" winner Taylor Hicks as Teen Angel. The ensemble comprises Josh Franklin, Natalie Hill, Matthew Hydzik, Keven Quillon, Allie Schultz, Brian Sears, Christina Sivrich, Amber Stone and Anna Aimee White.
"After spending a hopelessly devoted summer with Sandy Dumbrowski (Osnes), the new girl in town," Grease press notes state, "Danny Zuko's (Max Crumm) world is thrown upside down when Sandy appears at Rydell High on the first day of school. What follows is a rock 'n' roll celebration of growin' up, cruisin' with friends and goin' steady."
Grease features scenic design by Derek McLane, costume design by Martin Pakledinaz, lighting design by Kenneth Posner and sound design by Brian Ronan.
Grease features book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. The new production also boasts songs from the hit 1978 film, which co-starred John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. Among the film songs heard in the Broadway revival are "Sandy," "Hopelessly Devoted to You," "Grease" and "You're the One That I Want."
The new cast recording of Grease is available on the Masterworks Broadway label.
After playing an Off-Broadway engagement at the Eden Theatre, Grease debuted on Broadway in June 1972 at the Broadhurst with a cast that included Barry Bostwick (Danny), Carole Demas (Sandy) and Adrienne Barbeau (Rizzo). The musical closed in April 1980, after playing 20 previews and 3,388 performances. The 1994 revival cast Rosie O'Donnell in the role of Rizzo.
Grease is produced on Broadway by Paul Nicholas and David Ian, Nederlander Presentations, Inc. and Terry Allen Kramer by arrangement with Robert Stigwood.
Tickets for Grease, priced $71.50-$121.50, are available by calling (212) 307-4100 or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com.
For more information visit www.greaseonbroadway.com.