"American Idol" Star Young, Plus D'Andre, Fischer, Johnson and Scott to Join Grease Tour

By Andrew Gans
30 Nov 2009

Ace Young
Ace Young
Photo by Joan Marcus

When the national tour of the family-friendly musical Grease arrives in Charlotte, NC, the production will welcome several new cast members.

Beginning Dec. 4 at the Ovens Auditorium, "American Idol" finalist Ace Young will step into the role of Danny (Young played Kenicke in Broadway's Grease), Laura D’Andre will be Rizzo, Allison Fischer will play Patty Simcox, Jesse JP Johnson will be Doody, and Jamison Scott will play Eugene.

The cast also features Lauren Ashley Zakrin as Sandy, "American Idol" winner Taylor Hicks as the Teen Angel, Kate Morgan Chadwick as Frenchy, Kelly Felthous as Marty, Dominic Fortuna as Vince Fontaine, Roxie Lucas as Miss Lynch, David Ruffin as Kenickie, Bridie Carroll as Jan, Will Blum as Roger and Nick Verina as Sonny.

The ensemble comprises Joseph Corella, Preston Ellis, Erin Henry, Ruby Lewis, Dayla Perkins, Mark Raumaker, Mike Russo, Matthew William Schmidt, Christina Sivrich and Elizabeth Stacey.

"After spending a hopelessly devoted summer with Sandy Dumbrowski, the new girl in town," press notes state, "Danny Zuko's 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."

Tour dates follow: December 1 – 6, at Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte, NC
December 8 – 13, at the Overture Center for the Arts, Madison, WI
December 15 – 20, at the Chevrolet Theatre, Wallingford, CT
January 12 – 24, at the Fox Theatre, St Louis, MO
January 26 – 31, at Proctor’s Theatre, Schenectady, NY
February 9 – 21, at the National Theatre, Washington DC
February 23 – 28, at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, Milwaukee, WI
March 9 – 14, at the Benedum Center, Pittsburgh, PA
March 16 – 21, at the Auditorium Theatre, Rochester, NY
March 23 – 28, at Shea’s Performing Arts Center, Buffalo, NY
April 7 – 18, at the Canon Theatre, Toronto, ONT
April 20 -25, at the Hershey Theatre, Hershey, PA
April 27 – May 2, at the Times Union Center, Jacksonville, FL
May 4 – 9, at the Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville, AR
May 11 – 23, at the Palace Theatre, Cleveland, OH
June 1 – 13, at the Opera House, Boston, MA

Directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall, 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 touring production of the recent 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.

For more information visit www.greaseonbroadway.com.