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Overview

 

TRW is proud to represent GREASE worldwide, excluding the United States, Canada and Scandinavia. 

For productions in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Malaysia our global sub-agents can assist you. TRW's New York office handles all other territories. Please see our GREASE Perusal Store page for sub-agent contact information. 

Groups who perform for young audiences or produce musicals with young actors now have an ideal version of GREASE for their needs. 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 favorite among rock and roll fans of all ages.

The School Edition eliminates all of the references and uses of cigarettes and alcohol, as well as any swearing or bad language. Practically all of the songs have undergone changes as well; the numbers are all shortened and edited for content/language. Some plot lines are missing from the school version, such as Rizzo's pregnancy and her song, "There Are Worse Things I Could Do." The beginning of the pajama party in Marty's bedroom is cut as well. In the School Edition, the Pink Ladies do not offer Sandy cigarettes or wine. Instead it begins directly with piercing her ears. Grease - School Edition is considered to be G-rated.

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

Beauty School Dropout

The remainder of the songs have been edited for time, deleting some verses from the original songs. 

 

Notice to all UK producers of the musical GREASE: All of the songs as included in the musical GREASE are provided and authorized by TRW for your performance use in the musical. A recent directive from the copyright owners and authors of GREASE prohibits the use of songs from GREASE for any other purpose. This directive does not involve performing the songs under license from TRW when presenting the full musical.

Synopsis

Act I
In 1959, Rydell High School's students are starting a new year. ("Alma Mater Parody").

Sandy Dumbrowski, the new girl at school and Danny Zuko, the leader of the 'Burger Palace Boys', had a brief romantic fling over the summer. Sandy recounts her version of the fling to the 'Pink Ladies' (Jan, Marty, Frenchy, and Betty Rizzo), while Danny tells the Boys (Roger, Doody, Sonny, and Kenickie) his rendition ("Summer Nights"). Sandy and Danny soon bump into each other at school, and while Sandy is happy to see him, he plays it cool. Meanwhile, the kids gather in the hall as Doody shows off his new guitar. The rock star wannabe gives an impromptu concert in the hall ("Those Magic Changes").

At Marty's pajama party, the girls give each other pierced ears, and talk about boys. Marty tells about her long-distance courtship with Freddy ("Freddy, My Love"). Meanwhile, the Burger Palace Boys are busy stealing hubcaps and teasing Kenickie about his new (used) car ("Greased Lightning").

Danny sees Sandy again and tries to apologize for his behavior. Head cheerleader Patty Simcox interrupts to prompt Sandy to join the squad and to tease Danny about his latest indiscretions ("Rydell Fight Song"). The kids take their newfangled portable radios for a rock and roll picnic in the park and plan how they will pair off at the upcoming school prom, while Roger shares his love for Jan and his favorite hobby ("Mooning"). Rizzo teases Danny for falling for a girl who resembles the excessively proper teenage ingénue, Sandra Dee ("Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee"). Sandy realizes that Danny is putting her off to be cool and wishes she had never met him.

Then Danny suggests that Marty go out with Eugene, and she chases after him. Act I ends with a spirited pledge of friendship ("We Go Together").

Act II
At the High School Hop, everyone is dancing, except Sandy ("Shakin' At the High School Hop"). She is home feeling sorry for herself ("It's Raining on Prom Night"). Meanwhile, favorite radio DJ Vince Fontaine, is warming the kids up for the hand-jive dance contest. Kenickie dumps his blind date, Cha-Cha DiGregorio, and pairs up with Rizzo. Danny and Cha-Cha then proceed to win the dance contest ("Born to Hand Jive").

A few days later at the Burger Palace after school, a couple of the guys run into Frenchy, who flunked out of Rydell and has now dropped out of beauty school ("Beauty School Dropout"). Danny, who has taken up track in order to win back Sandy's affections, does not know that Cha-Cha's boyfriend's gang has challenged the guys to a rumble. He is more concerned about patching things up with Sandy at the Twi-Light Drive-In, but he moves too fast for her, and she leaves ("All Alone at a Drive-In Movie"). A couple of days later, the "greasers" are having a party in Jan's basement, as Doody and Roger sing "Rock 'n' Roll Party Queen." Sandy wonders what she needs to do to fit in at Rydell ("Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee Reprise").

The next time Sandy meets up with the Burger Palace Boys and the Pink Ladies, she has transformed herself into a greaser's dream date ("All Choked Up"). Rizzo and Kenickie reunite. All ends happily ("We Go Together-Reprise").

Author Info

Jim Jacobs(Book, Music & Lyrics)

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Jacobs attended Taft High School, during which time he played guitar and sang with a band called DDT & the Dynamiters. In 1963, he became involved with a local theatre group that included Warren Casey. For the next five years he appeared in more than fifty theatrical productions in the Chicago area, working with such people as The Second City founder Paul Sills, while earning a living as an advertising copywriter. He also landed a small role in the 1969 film MEDIUM COOL. Jacobs' Broadway acting debut was in a 1970 revival of the play NO PLACE TO BE SOMEBODY, followed by the national tour. At the same time, he and Casey were collaborating on a play about high school life during the golden age of rock 'n' roll in the 1950s. GREASE premiered in 1971 at the Kingston Mines Theater in the Old Town section of Chicago. Producers Ken Waissman and Maxine Fox saw the show and suggested to the playwrights that it might work better as a musical, and told them if the creative partners were willing to rework it and they liked the end result, they would produce it off-Broadway. The team headed to New York City to collaborate on what would become GREASE, which opened at the Eden Theatre in downtown Manhattan, moved to Broadway, and earned him a Tony Award nomination for Best Book of a Musical. The show went on to become a West End hit, a hugely successful film (for which he and Warren wrote additional songs), and a staple of regional theatre, summer stock, community theatre, and high school drama groups. Jacobs served as a judge on the NBC reality series GREASE: YOU'RE THE ONE THAT I WANT! in 2006, designed to cast the lead roles in an August 2007 Broadway revival of GREASE via viewer votes.

Warren Casey(Book, Music & Lyrics)

Born in Yonkers, New York, Casey received his Fine Arts Degree from the Syracuse University School of Visual and Performing Arts in 1957.
In the mid-1960s, Casey met Jim Jacobs while acting with the Chicago Stage Guild, and the two began collaborating on a play about high school life during the golden age of rock 'n' roll in the 1950s. GREASE premiered in 1971 at the Kingston Mines Theater in the Old Town section of Chicago. Producers Ken Waissman and Maxine Fox saw the show and suggested to the playwrights that it might work better as a musical, and told them if the creative partners were willing to rework it and they liked the end result, they would produce it off-Broadway. Casey quit his day job as a department store lingerie buyer and the team headed to New York City to collaborate on what would become GREASE, which opened at the Eden Theatre in downtown Manhattan, moved to Broadway, and earned him a Tony Award nomination for Best Book of a Musical. The show went on to become a West End hit, a hugely successful film (for which he and Jacobs wrote additional songs), and a staple of regional theatre, summer stock, community theatre, and high school drama groups. Casey's acting credits included the original production of David Mamet's SEXUAL PERVERSITY IN CHICAGO in 1974 at the Organic Theater Company. That same year, he fronted $1,000 to help start Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago.

Billing Credits

GREASE
Book, Music, and Lyrics by 
Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey

Casting Information

 

Danny Zuko – The leader of the Burger Palace Boys; good-looking, strong and cofident, with an air of easy-going charm 

Sandy Dumbrowski – New girl in town; sweet, wholesome, naive, cute, and innocent 

Betty Rizzo – Leader of the Pink Ladies; tough, sarcastic and outspoken but vulerable   

Frenchy – a dreamer; good-natured but not too smart, she is heavily made up, fussy about her appearance, particularly her hair. She can't wait to finish high school so she can be a beautician

Marty – the 'beauty' of the Pink Ladies; pretty and looks older than the other girls, but betrays her real age when she opens her mouth. She tries to act sophisticated. 

Jan – Funny, loud, compulsive eater and awkward member of the Pink Ladies. Loud and pushy with the girls, but shy with boys 

Doody – the youngest of the guys; small, boyish and open, with a disarming smile and a hero-worshipping attitude towards the other guys. He also plays the guitar. 

Kenickie – the second in command of the Burger Palace Boys; tough-looking, tattooed, surly and avoids any show of softness. He has an offbeat sense of humor. 

Sonny LaTierri – a member of the Burger Palace Boys; funny Italian-American, he is a braggart and wheeler-dealer who thinks he's a real lady-killer 

Roger – the anything-for-a-laugh stocky type of boy; a clown who enjoys winding people up, he is full of mischief and is always dreaming up half-baked schemes and ideas  
Vince Fontaine – a typical 'teen audience' disc jockey; slick, egotistical and fast-talking. He is also a veteran 'Greaser.'

Cha-Cha, aka Charlene DiGregorio - the best dancer at St. Bernadette's; a loud mouth, she wins the dancing competition with Danny. 

Eugene Florczyk – the class valedictorian; physically awkward, with weak eyes and a high-pitched voice. He's a typical 'apple-polisher' - both smug and pompous, but gullible.

Johnny Casino – All-American, rock-star “greaser” student at Rydell High, whose real name is Clarence 

Miss Lynch – A no-nonsense, serious, loud, English teacher

Patty Simcox – a typical cheerleader; attractive, athletic, sure-of-herself, but can be given to bursts of disconcerting enthusiasm. She's a bit of a pain and unpopular with the Pink Ladies, and can twirl a baton.

The Pink Ladies - the club-jacketed, gum-chewing, hip-swinging girls' gang who hang around with the Burger Palace Boys.

The Burger Palace Boys - A super-cool, DA-haired, hard-looking group of high school wheeler-dealers... or so they think. 

Orchestral Info

Piano/Conductor 
Reeds 1 & 2 (Tenor Saxophone) 
Guitars I & 2
Drums 
Bass

Acts

Two Acts

Running Time: 2 hours with intermission

Resources


Show|Ready™ and Stage|Tracks™ provided by ROCS (Right on Cue Services) are now available for GREASE - School Edition. 

With Show|Ready™, you can virtually send your Musical Director home with each and every member of your cast!  Show|Ready allows you to play a customizable rehearsal track of your show, complete with individual vocal parts and all dance breaks on a Mac, PC, and soon on your iOS device. Your Musical Director simply uploads any edits made at that day’s rehearsal and your cast can access and download the newest version with all of the new changes. This enables your entire cast to rehearse correctly from the beginning, saving you valuable time and effort. 


With an intuitive interface, Show|Ready gives you complete control over which parts you hear, and lets you modify the key or tempo and cut, vamp, or repeat measures as you please. All shows include the piano, bass, drum, all vocal parts, and click track as well as a sheet music viewer that automatically displays the piano/conductor score and changes the page as you listen and navigate throughout the show. 

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Stage|Tracks™ provides quality performance tracks, edited to integrate your individual changes from Show|Ready. With the best sounding tracks at an affordable price, Stage|Tracks will greatly enhance your production if you do not have live musicians to accompany the show. However, you should be advised that while Stage|Tracks provides quality performance tracks of the full orchestration, it is not recommended to be used alongside live musicians.  Stage|Tracks is only for performance and is sent approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the opening date of your production.  Stage|Tracks is currently only available on an iOS device, with Mac and PC coming soon.  

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