Book : Jim Jacobs & Warren Casey
Music: Jim Jacobs & Warren Casey
Lyrics: Jim Jacobs & Warren Casey
Grease is a 1971 musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. The musical
is named for the 1950s United States working-class youth subculture known
as the greasers. The musical, set in 1959 at Rydell High School, follows
ten teenagers as they navigate the complexities of love, cars and drive-ins.
The score recreates the sounds of early rock and roll!
In 1959, Rydell High School's rebellious, happy, thrill-loving students
start a new year. The "greasers" are the T-Birds and the Pink Ladies
are their auxiliary.
The start of the new school year means lousy food: "You want my
coleslaw?" and dreaded teachers "I got Old Lady Lynch for English
again. She hates my guts".
There is a new girl at school, Sandy Dumbrowski. She and the leader of
the T-Birds, Danny Zuko, had a brief love affair the summer before, but
summer ended for them with unresolved feelings of love.
Through "Summer Nights", Sandy describes the fling to the Pink Ladies:
Jan, Marty, Frenchy and Rizzo, focusing on the emotional attachment that
she and Danny had, while Danny lies to the Boys: Roger, Doody, Sonny, and
Kenickie about the 'physical' aspects of their relationship.
Sandy and Danny soon bump into each other at school, and while Sandy is
happy to see Danny, he brushes her off, pretending to be too cool.
In the evening, at Frenchy's pajama party, the girls experiment with wine,
cigarettes, and pierced ears, and talk about boys. Marty tells about her
long-distance courtship with a Marine: "Freddy, My Love". Meanwhile,
the T-Birds are busy stealing hubcaps and teasing Kenickie about his new
car "Greased Lightning".
Danny sees Sandy again and tries to apologize for his behavior, but she
is hurt to find out that he has told his friends that she is "easy".
Head cheerleader Patty Simcox interrupts them to prompt Sandy to join
the squad. The kids take their newfangled portable radios for a rock and
and roll picnic in the park and plan how they will pair off at the upcoming
school prom, while Roger shares his love for Jan.
Meanwhile, Rizzo teases Danny for falling for a girl who resembles the
excessively proper teenage ingénue Sandra Dee: "Look at Me, I'm
Sandra Dee". Sandy realizes that Danny is putting her off to be cool
and wishes she had never met him.
At the High School event, everyone is dancing, the favorite radio disc
jockey of the T-Birds and the Pink Ladies, Vince Fontaine, is the MC.
He is warming the kids up for the dance contest.
Kenickie dumps his blind date, Charlene "Cha-Cha" DiGregorio, and pairs
off with Rizzo. Danny originally enters the contest with Sandy, but after she
gets accidentally hit in the eye by Eugene, Cha-Cha catches Danny despite
his protest, and then proceeds to win the dance contest.
A few days later at the Burger Palace after school, a couple of the guys
run into Frenchy, who flunked out of Rydell and has now dropped out of
beauty school since she failed all of her classes: "Beauty school dropout".
Danny, who has taken up track in order to win back Sandy's affections,
doesn't know that Cha-Cha's boyfriend's gang has challenged the guys
to a rumble. He is more concerned about patching things up with Sandy
at the Twilight Drive In, but he moves too fast for her, and she leaves.
A couple days later, everyone is having a party in Jan's basement.
Rizzo is worried about her possible pregnancy, but she is so mad at
Kenickie that she tells him he is not the father. She rejects the kids'
offers of help: "There Are Worse Things I Could Do", while Sandy is
wondering what she needs to do to fit in at Rydell.
The next time Sandy meets up with the T-Birds and the Pink Ladies,
she has transformed herself into a greaser's dream date: "You're
the One That I Want".
Rizzo reveals that she is not pregnant, and she and Kenickie
reunite. All ends happily, singing "We Go Together".