14 Feb 2014
On this date 42 years ago, the popular Jim Jacobs-Warren Casey musical Grease made its Broadway premiere. The Playbill Vault highlights a vintage Playbill, dated May 1, 1972, from the show's original record-breaking run.
The original version of Grease was rowdier and grittier than what is performed today in theatres. "There is a cosy aggressiveness to the show," wrote Clive Barnes in his New York Times review, "a deliberately loud-mouthed and facetious tastelessness that some will find attractive, especially, I imagine, those who were teenagers in Middle America at the end of the 1950s."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.