Studio 58 will begin a three-week run of Grease starting Jan. 30, but it won’t be the production that most people associate with the movie.
This will be director Peter Jorgensen’s debut production with Studio 58, and the first time Studio 58 has performed Grease in the 49 years the program has been running.
Less fluff and Abba
“The version of Grease that most people are accustomed to or are familiar with is the movie version,” said acting student Erik Gow. “However, before it was ever put on film, there was a stage version that was really edgy, there was a lot less fluff and ABBA in it. We’re going back to the original roots of Grease.”
“What we’re doing is more like the original Broadway production,” said acting student Leana Brown, 27. “[It has an] original script and original score, so it’s gonna be a lot more edgy. There’s gonna be a few songs that weren’t in the movie, so that will be an exciting thing to check out.”
Jorgensen, who has done several productions of Grease, had high praise for his cast. “I’ve enjoyed them from the moment we started doing the auditions. I’m really enjoying working with everybody here.”
Grease will be on stage at Studio 58 until Feb. 23. Although the first few shows are sold out, tickets are still available for later shows, including a sing-along night on Feb. 5.
There are student rush seats available for $10 on the day of each performance on a first-come, first-served basis. They must be purchased in person the day of – no reservations are accepted. The box office opens at 7 p.m. (for 8 p.m. curtain) & 2 p.m. (for 3 p.m. curtain). All students must have valid ID.
For tickets, visit Tickets Tonight.
Reported by Erin Boe