‘Grease’ opened on Broadway 50 years ago, new book features memorabilia from the show’s stars


Tuesday, June 7, 2022 marked 50 years since the Broadway musical “Grease” opened at the Broadhurst Theatre.

The show’s opening marked the start of an eight-year Broadway run, and the musical set in a high school in the 1950s still resonates today.

The original cast members remained close.

For many, this was their first or second professional job.

Half a century ago, they were all young together and more than 100 contributed to a new memory book.

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The show’s original director, Tom Moore, and producer, Ken Waissman, gathered in Bryant Park on Tuesday to launch the book they put together.

Today, Marilu Henner is a famous TV star, but she was just getting started when she was last in “Grease”.

“I think ‘Grease’ is the fountain of youth, because everyone looks great,” Henner said. “And they all remained full of energy and full of love for each other. It’s great.”

In June 1972, Irene Kristen shared a dressing room with Carole Demas, who played Sandy.

“Very few people in the industry have the opportunity to experience something like us,” Kristen said. “That’s wonderful.”

Kristen explained the show’s enduring appeal.

“It’s timeless, even if it’s from an era,” she said. “That’s really how I feel about it. Kids are still kids.”

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So a show set in a 1950s high school and created in the 1970s is still playing regularly, 50 years later.

The book “Grease: Tell Me More, Tell Me More” is out now.

The title, of course, refers to the famous line from the musical’s famous track, “Summer Nights.”

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