New Production Of ‘Grease’ Coming To TUTS In September
The new Broadway production of the Tony Award-nominated musical
“Grease” opens at Houston’s Theatre Under The Stars on Sept. 8 and will run through Sept. 20.
Performances will take place at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.
The new stage production features songs from the smash hit 1978 motion picture, including the Academy Award-nominated song “Hopelessly Devoted to You.”
Also featured are the songs “Grease” and “You’re the One That I Want,” both of which were No. 1 hits on the Billboard Top 100 list. Those 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.”
Platinum-selling recording artist and “American Idol” winner Taylor Hicks will guest star as “Teen Angel” during select performances. Hicks made his Broadway debut in the role of “Teen Angel” and has been on the road with “Grease” since the tour began last December.
“I had such a great experience performing on Broadway,” Hicks said. “This is a great opportunity to visit old fans and new fans across the country while bringing them a great Broadway show.”
Hicks achieved widespread fame in 2006 as a contestant on “American Idol.” On May 24, 2006, Hicks was named winner of the fifth season of “Idol” during the live finale which aired to a worldwide audience of over 200 million viewers.
“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 Feb. 14, 1972. After 128 sold-out performances, the show made the transition to Broadway, taking up residence at the Broadhurst Theatre on June 7, 1972.
The show was nominated for seven Tony Awards in its initial run.
On Nov. 21, 1972 the show moved to the Royale Theatre before making its final transfer on Jan. 20, 1980 to the Majestic Theatre.
It closed as the longest running show in Broadway history after playing 3,388 performances.
In 1978, “Grease” became a hugely popular feature film starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John in the lead roles.
Opening on Broadway, on Aug. 19, 2007, the current run of “Grease” was born out of NBC’s talent competition TV series, “Grease: You’re The One That I Want.” The weekly competition drew 90 million viewers and allowed America to vote for its favorite contestants to play the lead roles of “Sandy” and “Danny” on Broadway.
Taylor Hicks will appear in the following Houston performances:
– Sept. 8 at 8 p.m.
– Sept. 9 at 8 p.m.
– Sept. 10 at 8 p.m.
– Sept. 12 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
– Sept. 13 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
– Sept. 15 at 8 p.m.
Tickets start at $24 and are now on sale. They are available online at TUTS.com, by phone at 713-558-8887, outside the Houston area at 888-558-3882 or in person at the Theatre Under The Stars Box Office.