New Jersey Stage

Thursday, August 8, 2013

GARDEN STATE PLAYERS PRESENTS "GREASE"

(HOLMDEL, NJ) -- Garden State Players is proud to bring a fresh, new and re-imagined production of the original rock n roll musical GREASE to Monmouth County at St. John Vianney High School for a special three-night run. Rydell High's senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hotrodding "Burger Palace Boys" and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking "Pink Ladies" in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical.


GREASE runs August 16 & 17th at 8pm and August 18th at 3pm & 7pm at St John Vianney High School, 540-A Line Road in Holmdel NJ 07733. Tickets General Admission $15; Children Under 12 $10; Group Tickets Available for Groups of 20 or more.

Head "Greaser" Danny Zuko and new (good) girl Sandy Dumbrowski croon through "Summer Nights" as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through such songs as "Greased Lightnin'", and "It's Raining on Prom Night", recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard and Elvis Presley, which became the soundtrack of a generation.
GREASEis not only considered the best movie musical of all time, but was also a theatrical production, enjoying an impressive eight year run on Broadway, along with two subsequent and well-received revivals.

Grease, has always been a favorite of mine. Since I was a kid and dreamed of becoming John Travolta when I grew up. Even though I am far from that one Mr. T, the show still has a big place in my heart. In creating our revival, it was important to pay homage to the original, the movie and even a nod here and there to the recent Broadway revivals. Our spin on Americas favorite musical will leave you singing and dancing in the aisles and your kids dreaming of becoming Greasers and Pink Ladies -Director Chuck Cutaia 

GREASE originated in Chicago and made its premiere at The Kingston Mines Theater in 1971 before making its New York premiere off-Broadway at the Eden Theatre on February
14, 1972. After 128 sold-out performances, the show made the transition to Broadway taking up residence at the Broadhurst Theatre on June 7, 1972. GREASE was nominated
for seven Tony Awards in its spectacular initial run. On November 21, 1972, the show moved to the Royale Theatre before making its final transfer on January 20, 1980 to the Majestic Theatre. It closed as the longest running show in Broadway history after playing 3,388 performances. In 1978, GREASE became a hugely popular feature film starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John in the lead roles. GREASE features book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. Additional songs from the film are by Barry Gibb, John Farrar, Louis St. Louis and Scott Simon.


"A lively and funny musical-as well as the dancingest one in town. It's a winner...the songs are dandies [that portray] the early rockers with zip and charm. The sheer
energy of Grease carries all before it." - New York Daily News


GREASE Cast includes:
Sandy: Gabriella Concepcion (Hazlet), Danny: Joshua Rowand (Bridgewater),
Rizzo: Brittany Boardwick (Keyport), Kenickie: Ethan Daniel Levy (Middlesex),
Frenchy: Sam Price (Middletown), Doody: Michael Arias (Lawrenceville),
Jan: Cassandra Westcott (Shrewsbury), Roger: Phillips Barrood (Hillsborough),
Marty: Ellie Rodriguez (Old Bridge), Sonny: Dan Hamm (Hazlet), Cha Cha: Laura Diorio
(Middletown),: Anastacia Carroll (Neptune City), Vince Fontaine, Mike DeVito (Red Bank),
and Erica Kostyz (Neptune City) as Teen Angel.


GREASE Creative Team
Producers: Lauren Mathews Raad, Esq (Hazlet) and Kevin McGee (Keansberg)
Musical Director: Dan Neff (Keyport)
Choreographer: Anne Chretian Kaufman (Middletown)
Director: Chuck Cutaia (Little Silver)



For more info visit http://www.GardenStatePlayers.org