Eugene O'Neill Theatre, (5/11/1994 - 1/25/1998)

First Preview: Apr 23, 1994
Opening Date: May 11, 1994
Closing Date: Jan 25, 1998
Total Previews: 20
Total Performances: 1505

Category: Musical, Comedy, Revival, Broadway
Setting: In and around Rydell High.
Comments: "Grease" was on hiatus from 2/23/1997 through 4/7/1997.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by Jujamcyn Theaters (James H. Binger: Chairman; Rocco Landesman: President; Paul Libin: Producing Director; Jack Viertel: Creative Director)

Produced by Barry & Fran Weissler and Jujamcyn Theaters (James H. Binger: Chairman; Rocco Landesman: President; Paul Libin: Producing Director; Jack Viertel: Creative Director); Produced in association with PACE Theatrical Group, Inc. and TV Asahi; Associate Producer: Alecia Parker

Originally produced by Tommy Tune

Book by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey; Music by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey; Lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey; Musical Director: John McDaniel; Vocal arrangements by John McDaniel; Dance arrangements by John McDaniel; Music orchestrated by Steve Margoshes; Associate Musical Dir.: Steve Marzullo

Directed by Jeff Calhoun; Choreographed by Jeff Calhoun; Associate Choreographer: Jerry Mitchell

Scenic Design by John Arnone; Costume Design by Willa Kim; Lighting Design by Howell Binkley; Hair Design by Patrik D. Moreton; Sound Design by Tom Morse

General Manager: Charlotte W. Wilcox; Company Manager: Scott A. Moore; Associate Co. Mgr: Jonathan Broder

Production Stage Manager: Craig Jacobs; Technical Supervisor: Arthur Siccardi; Stage Manager: Tom Bartlett

Musical Coordinator: John Monaco; Conducted by John McDaniel; Associate Conductor: Steve Marzullo; Keyboard: Steve Marzullo; Drums: Norbert Goldberg; Trumpet: Don Downs; Trombone: Charles Gordon; Saxophone: Tim Ries; Guitar: Alan Cohen; Keyboard 2: Steven Freeman; Bass: Vince Fay; Percussion: Beth Ravin; Music Preparation: Chelsea Music Services, Inc.; Synthesizer Programmer: Ted Baker

Casting: Stuart Howard and Amy Schecter; Production Supervisor: Tommy Tune; Dance Captain: Patti D'Beck; National Press Representative: The Pete Sanders Group; Advertising: Serino Coyne, Inc.; Press Representative: Pete Sanders; Photographer: Carmine Sciavone and Stan Schneir

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Opening Night Cast

Ricky Paull GoldinDanny Zuko
Sam HarrisDoody
Marcia LewisMiss Lynch
Rosie O'DonnellBetty Rizzo
Billy PorterTeen Angel
Susan WoodSandy Dumbrowski
Clay AdkinsStraight A
Ensemble
Melissa BellEnsemble
Michelle BlakelyPatty Simcox
Patrick BoydStraight A
Dream Mooner
Ensemble
Brian BradleyVince Fontaine
Paul CastreeEugene Florczyk
Hunter FosterRoger
Katy GrenfellDream Mooner
A Heartbeat
Ensemble
Ned HannahEnsemble
Janice Lorraine HoltA Heartbeat
Ensemble
Denis JonesStraight A
Ensemble
Carlos LopezSonny Latierri
Allison MetcalfEnsemble
Megan MullallyMarty
Jason OpsahlKenickie
Sandra PurpuroCha-Cha Di Gregorio
H. Hylan Scott, IIEnsemble
Lorna ShaneA Heartbeat
Ensemble
Heather StokesJan
Jessica StoneFrenchy

Swings: Patti D'Beck and Brian-Paul Mendoza

Understudies: Clay Adkins (Doody, Teen Angel), Melissa Bell (Patty Simcox), Michelle Blakely (Sandy Dumbrowski), Patrick Boyd (Roger), Patti D'Beck (Miss Lynch), Katy Grenfell (Jan), Ned Hannah (Eugene Florczyk), Janice Lorraine Holt (Frenchy), Denis Jones (Sonny Latierri), Allison Metcalf (Marty), Sandra Purpuro (Betty Rizzo), H. Hylan Scott, II (Danny Zuko, Kenickie, Vince Fontaine) and Lorna Shane (Cha-Cha Di Gregorio)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 1994 Best Revival of a Musical [nominee] 

Produced by Barry & Fran Weissler and Jujamcyn Theaters (James H. Binger: Chairman; Rocco Landesman: President; Paul Libin: Producing Director; Jack Viertel: Creative Director)

 1994 Best Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Marcia Lewis

 1994 Best Choreography [nominee] 

Jeff Calhoun

Drama Desk Award

 1994 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Sam Harris

 1994 Outstanding Choreography [nominee] 

Jeff Calhoun

Theatre World

winner 1995 Special Award [recipient] 

Brooke Shields

Songs

music by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey; lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey
(Unless otherwise noted)


ACT 1 Sung By
Alma Mater
(music by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey; lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey )
Miss Lynch and Company
We Go Together
(music by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey; lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey )
Pink Ladies and Burger Palace Boys
Summer Nights
(music by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey; lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey )
Sandy Dumbrowski, Danny Zuko, Pink Ladies and Burger Palace Boys
Those Magic Changes
(music by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey; lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey )
Doody and The Company
Freddy, My Love
(music by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey; lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey )
Marty and The Pink Ladies
Greased Lightning
(music by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey; lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey )
Kenickie and Burger Palace Boys
Greased Lightning (Reprise)
(music by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey; lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey )
Betty Rizzo and Burger Palace Boys
Rydell Fight Song
(music by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey; lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey )
Sandy Dumbrowski, Patty Simcox and Cheerleading Squad
Mooning
(music by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey; lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey )
Roger and Jan
Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee
(music by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey; lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey )
Betty Rizzo
Since I Don't Have You
(music by Joseph Rock and James Beaumont; lyrics by Joseph Rock and James Beaumont )
Sandy Dumbrowski
We Go Together (Reprise)
(music by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey; lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey )
The Company
ACT 2 Sung By
Shakin' at the High School Hop
(music by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey; lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey )
The Four Straight A's
It's Raining on Prom Night
(music by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey; lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey )
Sandy Dumbrowski and The Four Straight A's
Born to Hand Jive
(music by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey; lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey )
Eugene Florczyk, Miss Lynch and The Company
Beauty School Dropout
(music by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey; lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey )
Teen Angel, Frenchy and The Company
Alone at a Drive in Movie
(music by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey; lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey )
Danny Zuko
Rock N'Roll Party Queen
(music by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey; lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey )
Doody and Kenickie
There are Worse Things I Could Do
(music by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey; lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey )
Betty Rizzo
Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee (Reprise)
(music by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey; lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey )
Sandy Dumbrowski and Betty Rizzo
Grease (Finale)
(music by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey; lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey )
The Company

Reviews


New York Daily News: "'Grease' is High in Saturated Nostalgia"

In 1971, when I was still laboring in the vineyards of fashion, I was astonished to learn that we were on the verge of a '50's revival. It seemed inconceivable that anyone could be nostalgic about an era noted for its sartorial blandness.

Nostalgia for the '50's reached Broadway a year later with "Grease," an innocuous musical that, in its first incarnation, managed to become Broadway's longest running show, a title it held for four years until overtaken in 1983 by "A Chorus Line." "Grease" was apparently a favorite with teenagers who wanted to see the world of their mommies' adolescence.

The current revival stars with a pre-show warmup in which Brian Bradley, as a slimy deejay in a white tiger-skin jacket puts us in the mood of a '50's sweet sixteen party, just the right aura for this show.

The original production was unpretentious, which was true to the low-key period. The revival, billed as The Tommy Tune Production, directed and choreographed by Jeff Calhoun, puts everything in overdrive.

The funniest number, for example, "Beauty School Dropout," which sold itself 20 years ago, has now been gussied up with a Little Richard clone who bears 4-foot high sculpted hairdo ("Hair by Dairy Queen," he quips). He is soon joined by a male chorus sporting similar "dos". It's a cute sight gag tiresomely overdrawn.

Such grandiose conceptualization makes this, I suppose, a deconstructionist "Grease." Ah, well, the material itself hardly warrants getting on one's high horse. "Grease" was always intended to divert children, and in the age of MTV, you probably have to push harder.

Calhoun has molded his large cast into an energetic, rousing ensemble. Rosie O'Donnell has the proper toughness as Betty Rizzo, the doyenne of the Pink Ladies, the, so to speak, ladies auxiliary of the Burger Palace Boys.

Ricky Paull Goldin struck me as a little too jejune and arch in the pivotal role of Danny Zuko, but he dances well, especially in a Latin number with Sandra Parpuro. Susan Wood is splendid as a greaser novitiate, and Marcia Lewis has a delicious drunk scene.

John Arnone and Willa Kim have given "Grease" a dizzily Day-Glo allure.

It is amusing to think that the kids depicted in "Grease" were the ones our parents warned us against. With the defining of deviancy downward over the last few decades, they now seem cultural trailblazers. The '50s was arguably the last decade in which our pop culture was adult and sophisticated. I wonder when the '50s will be rediscovered.


New York Daily News
05/12/1994

New York Post: "'Grease' Revival Slips Up"

As raucous, rowdy and tirelessly talentlessly amateur as ever Grease is back and the Eugene O'Neill Theater has caught it.

When Grease was new - if Grease was ever new - back in 1972 I recall writing something to the effect that while 1959 was a good vintage year for burgundy it seemed a little recent for nostalgia.

Well by now most of the burgundy will be either drunk or in some sad cases almost thinned to vinegar, but I suppose its time for nostalgia may have come and a few aged pre-baby boomers in their 50's might exult in this mindless celebration of Howdy-Doody High School mythology.

Grease which began life as a five-hour amateur show presented in a Chicago trolley barn, was originally created by Jim Jacobs and the late Warren Casey - whose careers took off so completely that they were virtually, if understandably, never heard of again.

Still, the shenanigans of Rydell High hit a popular nerve - and the show moved from Chicago to off-Broadway to Broadway where it stayed and stayed and stayed.

It became one of the legendary runs (3388 performances) of Broadway history and, considering most of its original reviews, a wonderful living riposte to that frequently heard complaint that theater critics kill shows!

Then there was the movie version - with John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John - and now this revamped, rehyped, slightly remodeled and partly reconditioned Broadway resuscitation.

Perhaps the undeniable staying power of Grease can be attributed to the manner in which it isolated the lasting social phenomena of the otherwise faceless 50's.

These were the invention of American suburbia that no-man's-land between town and country and the musical watershed of the mid-50's rock-n-roll, after which pop music and everything that sociologically went with it was never the same.

This time around for Grease, some changes have been made. For example, Teen Angel, who used to come on as Fabian, now comes off as Little Richard with a funnier hairstyle and stronger attitude.

Also, although the revival avoids the new songs inserted into the movie, I have a feeling that some of the rock realities - such as cover versions of the Skyliners "Since I Don't Have You" and even a brief swish of Bobby Darin's "Splish Splash" - are fresh interpolations to bolster up the pastiche score.

The new production (touchingly described as "Live on Stage") has a dusty road-company look to it and appears low-tech in everything except amplification. Supervised by Tommy Tune and directed and choreographed by Jeff Calhoun, the staging lacks for nothing in energy.

The cast busts a gut in its efforts to entertain and deafen. The nominal star is Rosie O'Donnell, who looks like a cadet version of Roseanne Arnold in the secondary role of tough-baby Rizzo.

But the most notable performance (a comparative achievement) is that of Ricky Paull Goldin who plays the lead Danny Zuko as a mix between Travolta and Henry Winkler, which is on target.

I didn't much like this revival of Grease, but I didn't much like it the first time around either. So its way to the bank (laughing) should be clear.


New York Post
05/12/1994

Variety: "Grease"

The draw for this revival of the fifth-longest-running show in Broadway history is Rosie O'Donnell, and perhaps it's fitting that an actress about to open on the big screen as Betty Rubble in "The Flintstones" proves something of a Neanderthal onstage as well. It seems odd to cast as the lead in a musical someone who, based on this performance, can't sing or dance -- unless, of course , singing and dancing are beside the point. The point is money, and this touring production lands at the beautifully restored O'Neill having already made plenty of it, so O'Donnell must be doing something right, even if it isn't singing or dancing.

Here O'Donnell plays another Betty -- greaser chick Rizzo, whose hubcap romance with Kenickie (Jason Opsahl) represents half of the show's modest plot. The language in "Grease" has been somewhat retrofitted to make it even more inoffensive than it was 22 years ago, though having a working-class high school girl dispatch her steady to the drugstore for tampons does jar somewhat, even if the interchange is only a heavy-handed plot device. "Grease" was, and it remains, a period piece.

As new-girl-in-town Sandy Dumbrowski, Susan Wood is pretty and has a swell voice that will certainly be put to better use soon. As her fickle beau, Danny Zuko, Ricky Paull Goldin is totally bland. Billy Porter, who recently played this theater as a Guy Named Moe, is now a soulful Teen Angel. Priming the crowd before the curtain rises, Brian Bradley is sweatily smarmy as the sweatily smarmy DJ Vince Fontaine. Hide your daughters.

Tommy ("I don't do revivals") Tune reputedly lent his name to this production to give his protege, Jeff Calhoun, a showcase while Tune himself worked on the "Best Little Whorehouse" revival -- I mean sequel -- a few blocks away. Calhoun needs some more protege-ing. The use of Hula-Hoops, tires and such in the choreography is vintage Tune, but the way they are used is effortful, derivative and vulgar. The staging is only slightly more competent.

John Arnone's Day-Glo designs are too garishly lit by Howell Binkley to be much fun, and Willa Kim's costumes range from unattractive black-and-white cartoon numbers to serviceable '50s styles. The music -- one song has been dropped and the Skyliners' hit "Since I Don't Have You" has been added for Sandy -- is well played and presented.

So if "The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public" is for the tired businessman, is "Grease" for the tired teen? Whatever the case, tired is the operative word.


Variety
05/15/1994

Replacement/Transfer Info


The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.


Eugene O'Neill Theatre

(5/11/1994 - 1/25/1998)
Musical Director: Vincent Fanuele.

Makeup for Ms. Shields designed by Kate Best; Assistant Sound Design: Jim Bay.

Company Manager: Diana L. Fairbanks; Associate Gen. Mgr: Susan Sampliner; Company Manager: Sally Campbell Morse.

Production Stage Manager: Paul J. Smith; Stage Manager: Peter Wolf, Rick Steiger, Clifford Schwartz, Dale Kaufman, Valerie Lau-Kee Lai; Production Supervisor: Scott Faris; Stage Manager: David Hyslop; Assistant Stage Mgr: Matthew Aaron Stern, Terrence J. Witter(Sep 7, 1995 - ?).

Conducted by Vincent Fanuele; Keyboard: Seth Rudetsky(circa. 1997 - ?).

Dance Captain: Brian Loeffler; Photographer: Carol Rosegg; Dance Captain: Brian-Paul Mendoza.

Cast

Farah Alvin
A Heartbeat
Dream Mooner
Ensemble
Brad Aspel
A Heartbeat
Ensemble
Straight A
Carrie Ellen Austin
Patty Simcox
Shannon Bailey
Doody
Joseph Barbara
Danny Zuko
Linda Blair
Betty Rizzo
Michelle Bombacie
Broadway debut
Cha-Cha Di Gregorio
Debby Boone
Betty Rizzo
Paul Castree
Straight A
Nick Cavarra
Sonny Latierri (May 10, 1995 - Jul 9, 1995)
Chubby Checker
Teen Angel
Danny Cistone
Sonny Latierri
Jennifer Cody
Cha-Cha Di Gregorio
Jeff Conaway
Vince Fontaine (May 6, 1997 - ?)
Marilyn Cooper
Miss Lynch
Douglas Crawford
Kenickie
Laurie Crochet
Alternate
Gregory Cunneen
Voice of Lance
Ensemble
Mary Bond Davis
Teen Angel
Dominique Dawes
Patty Simcox (Apr 8, 1997 - Jul 1997)
Vincent D'Elia
Ensemble (May 1994 - Aug 1994)
Amy Dolan
A Heartbeat
Dream Mooner
Ensemble
Micky Dolenz
Vince Fontaine
Melissa Dye
Sandy Dumbrowski
Sheena Easton
Betty Rizzo
Jeff Edgerton
Ensemble
Joely Fisher
Betty Rizzo
Sutton Foster
Broadway debut
Sandy Dumbrowski
André Garner
Teen Angel (Oct 25, 1997 - Jan 25, 1998)
Steve Geyer
Kenickie
Deborah Gibson
Betty Rizzo
Ricky Paull Goldin
Danny Zuko
Dody Goodman
Miss Lynch
Trisha Gorman
Sandy Dumbrowski
Sandy Dumbrowski (Sep 2, 1996 - ?)
Monica Lee Gradischek
Frenchy
Charles Gray
Teen Angel
Jasmine Guy
Betty Rizzo
Mimi Hines
Miss Lynch
Leah Hocking
Marty
Jennifer Holliday
Teen Angel
Lacey Hornkohl
Sandy Dumbrowski
Al Jarreau
Teen Angel
Lesley Jennings
A Heartbeat
Ensemble
David Josefsberg
Roger
Brad Kane
Doody
Sonny Latierri
Kevin-Anthony
Teen Angel
Michelle Kittrell
Ensemble
Alisa Klein
Frenchy
Dave Konig
Vince Fontaine (Dec 8, 1996 - Mar 23, 1997)
Mark Lanyon
Voice of Lance
Ensemble
Lucy Lawless
Betty Rizzo (Sep 2, 1997 - Oct 19, 1997)
Beth Lipari
Frenchy
Brian Loeffler
Dream Mooner
Ensemble
Straight A
Darlene Love
Teen Angel (May 6, 1997 - ?)
Maureen McCormick
Betty Rizzo
Sean McDermott
Danny Zuko
Robb McKindles
Alternate
Susan Moniz
Betty Rizzo
Sandy Dumbrowski
Bruce Moore
Voice of Scientist
Ensemble
Straight A
"Cousin" Brucie Morrow
Vince Fontaine
Jennifer Naimo
Frenchy (circa. Aug 1996 - ?)
Tracy Nelson
Betty Rizzo
Connie Ogden
Ensemble
Deirdre O'Neil
Marty
Melissa Papp
Patty Simcox
Mackenzie Phillips
Betty Rizzo
Joe Piscopo
Vince Fontaine
Angela Pupello
Betty Rizzo
Tom Richter
Sonny Latierri
Tia Riebling
Betty Rizzo
Bill Rolon
Ensemble
Straight A
Mary Ruvolo
Voice of Sheila
Ensemble
Ric Ryder
Doody
Dale Sandish
Dream Mooner
Ensemble
Straight A
Nick Santa Maria
Vince Fontaine
Thomas E. Schultheis
Alternate
Ensemble
Sherie Rene Scott
Marty
Jon Secada
Danny Zuko
Kelli Severson
Sandy Dumbrowski
Brooke Shields
Betty Rizzo
Timothy Edward Smith
Ensemble
Spring
Ensemble
Voice of Sheila
Wendy Springer
Ensemble
Loren Stolarsky
Ensemble
Sally Struthers
Miss Lynch
Denny Tarver
Ensemble
Straight A
Ty Taylor
Doody
Christine Toy
Patty Simcox
Jeff Trachta
Danny Zuko
Lee Truesdale
Teen Angel
Vincent Tumeo
Danny Zuko
Ray Walker
Doody
Amanda Watkins
Marty
Jody Watley
Betty Rizzo
Marissa Jaret Winokur
Jan
Jo Anne Worley
Miss Lynch
Joanna Young
A Heartbeat
Ensemble
Christopher Youngsman
Eugene Florczyk
Straight A
Adrian Zmed
Danny Zuko



Understudies: Farah Alvin (Jan, Miss Lynch), Brad Aspel (Roger, Sonny Latierri), Carrie Ellen Austin (Frenchy, Miss Lynch), Melissa Bell (Jan, Sandy Dumbrowski), Patrick Boyd (Doody), Paul Castree (Roger), Jennifer Cody (Frenchy), Laurie Crochet (Cha-Cha Di Gregorio), Gregory Cunneen (Danny Zuko, Kenickie, Sonny Latierri), Vincent D'Elia (Danny Zuko, Kenickie, Vince Fontaine), Jeff Edgerton (Doody, Eugene Florczyk), Hunter Foster (Danny Zuko, Kenickie, Teen Angel), Steve Geyer (Vince Fontaine), Janice Lorraine Holt (Teen Angel), Lesley Jennings (Cha-Cha Di Gregorio, Frenchy, Patty Simcox), David Josefsberg (Danny Zuko, Kenickie), Michelle Kittrell (Marty, Patty Simcox, Sandy Dumbrowski), Mark Lanyon (Roger), Brian Loeffler (Eugene Florczyk, Sonny Latierri), Brian-Paul Mendoza (Eugene Florczyk), Allison Metcalf (Miss Lynch, Patty Simcox), Scott Mohon (Vince Fontaine), Bruce Moore (Doody, Teen Angel), Megan Mullally (Betty Rizzo), Connie Ogden (Patty Simcox, Sandy Dumbrowski), Jason Opsahl (Vince Fontaine), Mary Ruvolo (Miss Lynch), Dale Sandish (Doody, Roger, Vince Fontaine), Jeanna Schweppe (Betty Rizzo, Cha-Cha Di Gregorio, Sandy Dumbrowski), Lorna Shane (Frenchy, Marty, Betty Rizzo), Timothy Edward Smith (Danny Zuko, Kenickie), Spring (Marty, Patty Simcox), Wendy Springer (Patty Simcox), Joanna Young (Betty Rizzo, Jan, Marty).


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