PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: "Those Magic Changes!" A Two-Show Day at Walnut Street Theatre's Grease With Richard "Doody" Cerato

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06 Jun 2013

Richard Cerato, currently dreaming rock and roll dreams a Doody in Walnut Street Theatre's production of the classic musical Grease, shares a recent day at the historic Philadelphia venue.

Join him on his pre-show travels and meet the kids of Rydell High!


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I never saw "Rocky." So for me, this moment isn't too exciting. My 70's movie of choice is "The Godfather." But unfortunately Vito Corleone didn't run up the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps in the movie.
Photo by Richard Cerato



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Directed by Bruce Lumpkin, with choreography by Michelle Gaudette, this musical extravaganza opened on May 22nd and runs through July 14th on the WST Mainstage.


Rydell High’s class of ’59 is led by Matthew Ragas as Danny and Laura Giknis as Sandy, both making their Walnut debuts. The kids ruling the school include Michael Warrell (Kenickie), Richard Cerato (Doody), Matthew Rossoff (Sonny), Adolpho Blaire (Roger) and Lilly Tobin (Frenchy), also making their Walnut debuts.

Rounding out the Pink Ladies, Kate Fahrner returns to the Walnut as Betty Rizzo, Rachel Camp as Marty and Tara Tagliaferro as Jan.

The Captain of the Philadelphia Eagles 2012 Cheerleaders, Tracey Dunn, will play Rydell cheerleader Patty Simcox in her Walnut debut. Eric Kunze returns to the Walnut as Vince Fontaine and Teen Angel, Nate Golden as Eugene and Mary Martello as Miss Lynch. Brad Greer and Elizabeth Racanelli make their Walnut debuts as Johnny Casino and Cha-Cha Digregorio, respectively. The ensemble includes Hallie Cercone, Owen Pelesh, Kerri Rose and Matthew Steffens.

Grease runs at the Walnut May 14 through July 14. For tickets and information, call 215-574-3550 or 800-982-2787. Tickets are also available online 24/7 by visiting www.WalnutStreetTheatre.org or Ticketmaster.