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Classic Movie Classic Songs

Here it is! The encore of the Bigshow's Classic Movie Classic Songs.

The year was 1978 and Grease was the word. Danny meets Sandy and it was Summer Love until Sandy heads back to Australia with her family. But love is only the beginning as another school year begins at Rydell High.

 Principle Cast:

  • John Travolta as Danny Zuko, who lives a double life as leader of the greaser gang the T-Birds and as Sandy's boyfriend
  • Olivia Newton-John as Sandy Olsson, Danny's girlfriend and an Australian expatriate and ingénue, who transforms from square to greaser
  • Stockard Channing as Betty Rizzo, Danny's former fling and the cynical leader of the Pink Ladies clique
  • Jeff Conaway as Kenickie, Danny's best friend, Rizzo's love interest and the owner of Greased Lightnin'
  • Barry Pearl as Doody, a member of the T-Birds; he pairs with Frenchy at the school dance
  • Michael Tucci as Sonny LaTierri, a trouble-making wannabe womanizer and T-Bird who courts Marty with little success over the course of the film
  • Kelly Ward as Putzie, a member of the T-Birds whose relationship with Jan builds over the course of the film
  • Didi Conn as Frenchy, Sandy's closest friend in the Pink Ladies and an aspiring beautician
  • Jamie Donnelly as Jan, a quirky member of the Pink Ladies with a liking for Ipana toothpaste
  • Dinah Manoff as Marty Maraschino, a member of the Pink Ladies whose attractiveness regularly draws the attention of men, including Sonny and Vince Fontaine

The Box Office:

Grease was originally released to North American theaters on June 16, 1978 and was an immediate box office success. In its opening weekend, the film grossed $8,941,717 in 862 theaters in the United States and Canada, ranking at No. 2 (behind Jaws 2) at the box office for the weekend[15] and with the all-time opening weekend records.[16] Despite losing the weekend, it set a record gross in its first 19 days with $40,272,000.[17]

Grease has grossed $188,755,690 domestically and $206,200,000 internationally, totaling $394,955,690 worldwide. Globally, it was the highest-grossing musical ever, eclipsing the 13-year-old record held by The Sound of Music, but has since been overtaken by Les Misérables, Mamma Mia! and the 2017 release of Beauty and the Beast. Grease is now the fourth highest-grossing live action musical.[18]

Grease Fun Facts:

1. "Hopelessly Devoted to You" was written and recorded after the movie had wrapped. The producers felt they needed a strong ballad and had Olivia Newton-John come back to film her singing this song. This song ended up receiving an Academy Award nomination.

2. Elvis Presley turned down the role of The Guardian Angel in the 'Beauty School Drop-Out' scene.

3. Henry Winkler, who became a sensation as "Fonzie" on Happy Days (1974), was considered for the role of Danny Zuko. He turned down the role for fear of being typecast.

4. The film was re-released in theaters in 1998 to mark its 20th anniversary. A dance mix of songs from the soundtrack became a big hit on the radio.

5. Olivia Newton-John still owns Sandy's leather trousers, but has never worn them since.

6. In Spanish, the title translated to "Grasa," or "fat". The film was released as "Vaselina" in Mexico and "Brillantina" in Spain and Latin America.

7. During the Thunder Road scene, Annette Charles was in excruciating pain from what turned out to be an ectopic pregnancy. That's why Cha Cha frequently leans against cars.

8. The cast chewed about 100,000 pieces of bubble gum during the shoot, up to 5,000 pieces a day.

9. While shooting the "Greased Lightning" musical number, Jeff Conaway was accidentally dropped, hurting his back. Conaway started taking pain killers, eventually abusing prescription drugs, and spiraling into drug addiction until he died in 2011 at age 60.

10. For "You're the one that I want", Olivia Newton-John had to be sewn into her pants after the zipper broke. "They sewed me into those pants every morning for a week," she claimed. "Believe me, I had to be very careful about what I ate and drank. It was excruciating." It was 106 degrees on the set for the carnival finale.

Track Listing:

Side one

1. "Grease" Barry Gibb Frankie Valli 3:24
2. "Summer Nights" Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John 3:35
3. "Hopelessly Devoted to You" John Farrar Olivia Newton-John 3:04
4. "You're the One That I Want" John Farrar John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John 2:48
5. "Sandy" Louis St. Louis and Scott Simon John Travolta 2:31

Side two

6. "Beauty School Dropout" Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey Frankie Avalon 3:59
7. "Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee" Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey Stockard Channing, Didi Conn, Dinah Manoff and Jamie Donnelly 1:40
8. "Greased Lightnin'" Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey John Travolta, Jeff Conaway 3:13
9. "It's Raining on Prom Night" Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey Cindy Bullens 2:51
10. "Alone at a Drive-In Movie" (instrumental) Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey instrumental 2:24
11. "Blue Moon" Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart Sha-Na-Na 2:18

Side three

12. "Rock n' Roll Is Here to Stay" David White Sha-Na-Na 2:03
13. "Those Magic Changes" Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey Sha-Na-Na 2:18
14. "Hound Dog" Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller Sha-Na-Na 1:24
15. "Born to Hand Jive" Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey Sha-Na-Na 4:37
16. "Tears on My Pillow" Sylvester Bradford and Al Lewis Sha-Na-Na 2:02
17. "Mooning" Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey Louis St. Louis and Cindy Bullens 2:15

Side four

18. "Freddy, My Love" Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey Cindy Bullens 2:48
19. "Rock n' Roll Party Queen" Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey Louis St. Louis 2:11
20. "There Are Worse Things I Could Do" Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey Stockard Channing 2:22
21. "Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee" Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey Olivia Newton-John 1:40
22. "We Go Together" Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John 3:00
23. "Love Is a Many Splendored Thing" Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster Orchestral 1:23
24. "Grease"