Grease

Grease

by  Warren Casey, Jim Jacobs

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  9m, 8f

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    9m, 8f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Period
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Here is Rydell High's senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding "Burger Palace Boys" and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking "Pink Ladies" in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical. Head "greaser" Danny Zuko and new (good) girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the high romance of their "Summer Nights" as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through such songs as "Greased Lightnin'," "It's Raining on Prom Night," "Alone at the Drive-In Movie" recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard, and Elvis Presley that became the soundtrack of a generation. An eight-year run on Broadway and two subsequent revivals, along with innumerable school and community productions place Grease among the world's most popular musicals.
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Accolades

  • NOMINEE! 1972 Tony Award® for Best Musical and Best Book of a Musical
    NOMINEE! 1994 Tony Award
    ® for Best Revival of a Musical
    NOMINEE! 2008 Tony Award
    ® for Best Revival of a Musical

Reviews

"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

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • PLEASE BE ADVISED: Grease is a premier, high royalty title that requires further information to license. Following your application, your licensing representative will be in contact with you directly to determine pricing. Call or email your representative with any questions.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1950s
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: Pop/Rock
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Medium
  • Chorus Size: Medium

Song Samples

Sample of Samphony Tracks for Grease
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Casting

9m, 8f
DANNY ZUKO: Male, High School Teen (Range: tenor, D4–B5)

The leader of the Burger Palace Boys; good-looking, strong and confident, with an air of easy-going charm.

SANDY DUMBROWSKI: Female, High School Teen (Range: Soprano, A3–F#5)

New girl in town; sweet, wholesome, naive, cute, and innocent.

BETTY RIZZO: Female, High School Teen (Range:Alto A3–C5)

Leader of the Pink Ladies; tough, sarcastic, and outspoken but vulnerable.

FRENCHY: Female, High School Teen (Range: Alto, A3–D5)

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: Female, High School Teen (Range Alto, C4–C5)

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: Female, High School Teen (Range: Alto, A3-C5)

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

DOODY: Male, High School Teen (Range: Tenor, D4-A5)

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: Male, High School Teen (Range: Tenor, C4–F5)

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: Male, High School Teen (Range: baritone, G3–A5)

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: Male, High School Teen (Range: Tenor, D4-A5)

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: Male, High School Teen (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible)

A typical 'teen audience' disc jockey; slick, egotistical and fast-talking. He is also a veteran 'Greaser.'

CHA-CHA, aka CHARLENE DIGREGORIO: Female, High School Teen (Range: Alto, C4–C5)

The best dancer at St. Bernadette's; a loud mouth, she wins the dancing competition with Danny.

EUGENE FLORCZYK: Male, High School Teen (Range: Tenor, A3–E5)

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: Male, High School Teen (Range: Tenor, G4-E5)

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

MISS LYNCH: Female, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible)

A no-nonsense, serious, loud English teacher.

PATTY SIMCOX: Female, High School Teen (Range: Alto, D4-A4)

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.

TEEN ANGEL: Male, Age Flexible (Range: Tenor, E4–F5)

Frenchy's suave and slick guardian angel, who encourages her to stay in school. 

THE PINK LADIES: Ensemble (SATB)

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

THE BURGER PALACE BOYS: Ensemble (SATB)

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

Radio Voice: Male, Age Flexible (Rage: Tenor, A3–C5)

A Radio Voice


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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Roles for Teens
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

Music Material Rental Packages Glyphs / UI / Tooltip

Full Package

1 Piano/Conductor Score
18 Vocal Chorus Books

Tenor Saxophone I & II (2 Books)
Guitar I & II (2 Books)
Drums
Bass

Performance Tracks Available Upon Request (Additional Fees Apply)

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Authors

Warren Casey

WARREN CASEY - Casey was born in Yonkers, New York, and attended Syracuse University. During the late ‘50s, he learned all about “greasers” while working as an art teacher in upstate New York. He moved to Chicago in 1962, where he hoped to pursue an acting career. He appeared in dozens of productions, including crea ...

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Jim Jacobs

JIM JACOBS - Jacobs, who created Grease (in 1970) with Warren Casey, was born and raised on the mean streets of Chicago’s far northwest side. During the golden era of rock ‘n’ roll (1956-1960) he was a guitar-playing “greaser” student at Taft High School. In 1963, Jacobs met Warren Casey when they were both cast in a ...

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