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Grease: School Version

Grease: School Version
Your Price: $15.95 CDN
Author: Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey
Publisher: Samuel French
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 84
Pub. Date: 2009
ISBN-10: 0573601801
ISBN-13: 9780573601804
Cast Size: 8 women, 9 men

About the Play:

Grease: School Version is a full-length musical comedy by Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs. Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fall for each other during a carefree summer fling. But when the school year begins, Danny is torn between his feelings for good-girl Sandy and his image with the T-Birds and the Pink Ladies. Will they be able to rekindle their romance, or is the pressure of ones peers going to get the better of them?

Grease: School Version is a musical about American high schoolers that features music in the rock ‘n roll style of the 1950s. Shorter and more suitable in content for teens and subteens, this abridged version retains the fun-loving spirit and immortal songs that make Grease a favourite among rock and roll fans of all ages. The school version removes all profanity, lewd behavior, and Rizzo's Pregnancy scare. Since Rizzo's pregnancy scare is removed, the song "There Are Worst Things I Could Do" is also removed from this edition. The school version is approximately 15 minutes shorter than the standard version. Additionally, the following songs of the School Edition have undergone lyric changes: "Alma Mater Parody," "Summer Nights," "Freddy, My Love," "Greased Lightning," "Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee," and "Beauty School Dropout." The remainder of the songs have been edited for time, deleting some verses from the original songs.

Grease opened in 1971 in a former trolley barn called the Kingston Mines Theatre in Chicago. It moved to New York at the Majestic Theatre in slightly altered form in 1972, and "Greasemania" took off. With an original Broadway production that ran eight years, a major revival that ran nearly four years, a third revival that ran a couple seasons, along with innumerable school and community theatre productions, Grease is among the world's most popular musicals.

Cast: 8 women, 9 men

What people say:

"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

About the Playwright:

Warren Casey (1935-1988) was an American theatre composer, lyricist, writer, and actor. He moved to Chicago in the early 1960s, where he became heavily involved in the local theatre scene. He is best remembered for being the writer and composer, with Jim Jacobs, of the stage musical Grease. In addition to his work on Grease, he was involved in various ways with a number of Chicago theatres and independent writing projects.

Jim Jacobs is an American composer, lyricist, and writer for the theatre. Originally an actor, he has been seen on television, in motion pictures, regional theatre, national tours, and on Broadway. He is best known for writing the book, lyrics, and music, with Warren Casey, for the stage musical Grease. He remains active in the theatre, especially with the American Theatre Company of Chicago.