On Wednesday, March 5, 2008, the "students" at Rydell High
from Broadway's Grease met 60 students
from Hillcrest High (Queens) in a post-show
talk-back hosted by Fidelity FutureStage, following their free-admittance
matinee performance at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street).
Laura Osnes (Sandy) and many members of the Grease cast spoke to the
under-privileged students who art participating in the landmark theatre program.
Fidelity FutureStage is a comprehensive arts education
initiative designed to bring professional theater into the classrooms of
participating New York City
schools created by Fidelity Investments, LEAP (Learning Through An Expanded
Arts Program) and The Viertel/Frankel/Baruch/Routh Group. Now in its second
year, the program provides a unique playwriting and production curriculum for
more than 800 area students, representing 10 underserved inner-city schools.
Fidelity FutureStage affords students the extraordinary opportunity to learn
from some of the Broadway community's leading playwrights, directors, designers
and actors - both in their classrooms and at Broadway theatres - and ultimately
experience the thrill of bringing their own creativity to life on a professional
stage. In June, one play from each
participating school will be selected for the Fidelity FutureStage landmark
finale event, marking an unprecedented New
York theatrical debut for every student involved.
Grease opened on
Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on Sunday, August 19, 2007 following
preview performances which began on Tuesday, July 24, 2007. Directed and choreographed by two-time Tony
Award-winner Kathleen Marshall, Grease
features book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey.
After spending a hopelessly devoted summer with Sandy
Dumbrowski (Laura Osnes), the new girl in town, Danny Zuko's (Max Crumm) world
is thrown upside down when Sandy
appears at Rydell High on the first day of school. What follows is a rock n'
roll celebration of growin' up, cruisin' with friends and goin' steady. The new production of Grease features songs from the smash hit 1978 motion picture for
the first time ever on Broadway including "Sandy," the Academy Award
nominated song "Hopelessly Devoted to You," "Grease" an
"You're the One That I Want" both of which were #1 hits on the
Billboard Top 100 list. These songs will
be heard in addition to the Jacobs/Casey songs made famous by the original
stage production including "Summer Nights," "Greased
Lightnin'" and "We Go Together."
Tickets for Grease
are $121.50 - $71.50 and are available through TicketMaster at (212) 307-4100
or www.ticketmaster.com or by
visiting the Brooks Atkinson box office. Group Sales are available by calling
Nederlander Group Sales at 212-840-3890.
Premium seating is available. Performances are Tuesdays at 7PM,
Wednesday through Saturday at 8PM, Wednesday and Saturday at 2PM and Sunday at 3PM. For more information on the show and ticket
availability, please visit our website, www.greaseonbroadway.com.
Photos by Peter James Zielinski
BWW Hi-Res Gallery - Original Version