Grease sold 1.3 million dollars worth of tickets in first two days on sale.
The upcoming Broadway revival of the quintessential all-American musical Grease sold 1.3 million dollars worth of tickets in first two days on sale.
The musical is due to begin performances on 24 July 2007, though the Broadway venue for the show has still to be announced. The revival will be directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall.
NBC is conducting a nationally televised casting search for the lead roles of Sandy Dumbrowski and Danny Zuko with a new weekly talent competition series entitled "GREASE: You're The One That I Want." The show premiered on NBC on Sunday, 7 Jan 8pm EST to an average of 11.6 million viewers. It was a special 90-minute debut episode featuring thousands of hopefuls auditioning for the chance of a lifetime -- a starring role in a Broadway show.
On-air judges Kathleen Marshall, producer David Ian and Grease co-creator Jim Jacobs, narrow down the field and then the vote is in America's hands. Each week a new 'Sandy' and 'Danny' will be voted off until America chooses their favorite pair to star in the new Broadway production.
Hosted by Billy Bush (Access Hollywood) and Denise van Outen, "GREASE: You're The One That I Want" is produced by BBC WorldwideProductions. The BBC's Paul Telegdy, Emmy nominated Conrad Green ('Dancing with the Stars') and David Ian are the Executive Producers.
Grease originated in Chicago and made its premiere at The Kingston Mines Theater in 1971 before making its New York premiere off-Broadway at the Eden Theatre on 14 February 1972. After 128 performances the show made the transition to Broadway taking up residence at the Broadhurst Theatre on 7 June 1972.
Grease was nominated for seven Tony Awards in its initial run. On 21 November 1972, the show moved to the Royale Theatre. It closed on Broadway after playing 3,388 performances, closing as the longest running show in Broadway history.
In 1978, Grease became a hugely popular feature film starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John in the lead roles. A Broadway revival opened on 11 May 1994 at the Eugene O'Neil Theatre where it played 1,503 performances. A London revival opened on 15 July 1993 at the Dominion Theatre and ran for 6 years on London's West End.
The musical is being produced on Broadway by Paul Nicholas and David Ian Associates, Nederlander Presentations, Inc and Phoenix Productions by arrangement with Robert Stigwood.
Further information to be announced.
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