Grease: A New 50's Rock 'N Roll Musical - The Original Broadway Cast Album Cast Recording
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Audio, Cassette, Cast Recording, September 16, 1988
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fun, innocence, rock and roll, and postwar prosperity. The realty being it was a decade that also included
economic issues, open descrimination, and very tame music (the name "the quiet generation" was there for a reason).
Grease came to life as a parody of the 1950's nostaglia craze, and it painted a truer, grittier portrait of the late 50's at an urban high school. The movie that came out in 1978, and the Broadway revival of the 90's whitewashed the story, and cleaned up the language so much the original Broadway musical got lost in the shuffle.
The great score is lead by Adrienne Barbaue, Barry Bostwick, and Carol Demas, and a number of songs never made it to the film, including Those Magic Changes, and Freddy My Love. Yes, in the 1950's there still was a draft!. Adrienne's character of Rizzo steals the show with her numbers, Look At Me I'm Sandra Dee, and There Are Worse Things I Could Do, finally the "Bad Girl" is allowed to be human. Summer Nights, It's Raining On Prom Night, and Rock N Roll Party Queen speak to the teenager that remains in all of us.
Enjoy this very real trip into the late 1950's
The original cast album was done by M-g-M records and was not a well produced affair. Sound is not well balanced and the performers really seem to be overdoing it but after all, the stage show is a satire on the 1950s.
On CD the sound is acceptable and the whole score is here except for the opening of Act II (In the show, "Shakin' at the High School Hop" segues into "It's Raining on Prom Night." On the recording, just the latter song is heard.)
While GREASE wil never be ranked as one of Broadway's great shows, it is still frequently performed by community groups and high schools (though often with a censored script: the original is quite filthy!!) Because of the popularity of the songs written for the movie ("Grease", "Hopelessly Devoted to You", "You're the One That I Want" and "Sandy") many modern productions try to incorporate these songs. Its a mistake because the move script was re-written to set these numbers up and they don't really work in the stage production.
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My mom suggested I should buy it. I didn't so she gifted it to me. Gosh! I loved it - funny pants and all! GROOVY!!!!!Published 5 months ago by Leticia Calamaco
Love it!! It's got a great beat and you can dance to it--I give it a 10!Published 15 months ago by Elizabeth Pond
I needed this CD because I will be appearing in a community play of the Broadway version of Grease. I am more used to the movie version and much prefer it. Read morePublished 17 months ago by ShelleyZ
This is the cast album of GREASE, the musical that predates the movie with John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Allen Smalling
This is a wonderful album. Our High School put on this musical, and they learned the music by listening to this album.Published 19 months ago by B. Hay
The original play is soooo much better than the movie. Barry Bostwick was fantastic, and Adrian Barbeau really hits her
Rizo character better than Stockard Channing. Read more