I’m finding it hard to believe that the movie Grease came out FORTY YEARS AGO today. How is that even possible?
I was in junior high (remember when that was a thing?) and I went to see the movie with my cousin, who was a year older than I. Before that, my understanding of movie musicals was based on my parents’ collection of LPs (remember when that was a thing?)–South Pacific, The Sound of Music, The King and I.
All of those are great shows, but I was blown away by the idea that an entire musical could be based on rock and roll. And I loved it. I marched right out and spent my allowance on the album, and to this day, I can sing every song by heart.
Now, there’s Rock of Ages, based on 80s music (and simply rocks) and American Idiot, a punk opera from Green Day’s album of the same name (which is outstanding), among others.
Here in the context of the ‘enlightened’ 21st century, I don’t want to delve into the socio-political issues of whether a Good Girl should have to change to keep her Bad Boy boyfriend. Or vice-versa. Because that’s crap.
What I know is that Grease is a fun, nostalgic trip to the 50s full of songs that are just enjoyable, both to listen to and sing along with. A couple of years ago, Fox aired a live production of the show. At the end of this article, I’ve posted Greased Lightning from that performance. Just because I can, LOL. (By the way, NBC is planning a live production of Hair in 2019. Just saying…)
If you’re curious, here’s a Time article that talks about where the stars of Grease are today.
I hope you’re having a wonderful summer weekend. Be sure to hug those you love.
Happy Saturday night!