CONTACT: WINSTON BARCLAY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0073; fax (319) 384-0024
(NOTE TO EDITORS AND BROADCASTERS: "Grease!" ticket sales
are brisk. At this point, Zone 2 and 3 seats in the balcony are still available
with the greatest number of tickets left for the 8 p.m. Sunday, March 29
performance. But you might want to give the box office a call before publishing
or broadcasting this story, to give your audience the most up-to-date ticket
information for each performance.)
Hit Broadway musical 'Grease!' returns to UI Hancher Auditorium March
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- "Grease!", a feast of '50s nostalgia that
has become one of the most popular musicals in Broadway and film history,
will return to the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium for five performances
-- at 8 p.m. Friday, March 27 and at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday,
March 28 and 29. The corporate sponsor of this Hancher Special Event is
Telegroup, Inc., with additional support by KDAT-FM.
The "Grease!" party begins even before the curtain rises.
Greaser DJ extraordinaire
Vince Fontaine, "the main brain," will be spinning discs beginning
at 7:30 p.m. In addition to playing golden oldies including "Rockin'
Robin" and "Runaround Sue," this over-the-top "Grease!"
character will take dedications, announce birthdays and invite audience
members to dance on stage.
A rousing slice of '50s high-school life -- complete with duck tails,
poodle skirts, leather jackets, bobby socks, pajama parties, hot rods,
sock hops and drive-in movies -- "Grease!" is now the fifth-longest-running
musical in Broadway history, and the original 1972 production and the 1994
revival accumulated 10 Tony Award nominations.
The 1978 film version, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John,
became the top money-making film musical ever, surpassing even "The
Sound of Music," and is on the verge of being re-released. "Grease!"
helped to inspire a '50s revival that including the film hit "American
Graffitti" and the long-running TV sitcom "Happy Days."
Featuring '50s-flavored songs including "Greased Lightnin',"
"Summer Nights," "Born to Hand Jive," "Shakin'
at the High School Hop," "It's Raining on Prom Night," "All
Choked Up" and "We Go Together," "Grease!" is
the story of the Class of '58 at Rydell High, where the Burger Palace Boys
and the Pink Ladies defined what was cool.
It is also the love story of an improbable pair -- Danny Zuko, king
of the Burger Palace Boys, and Sandy Dumbrowski, a wholesome, naive transfer
student whose life is changed forever by tough-talking Rizzo, leader of
the Pink Ladies.
"Grease!" began in the spring of 1971 as a small, unpretentious
production with an amateur cast at the little, out-of-the-way Chicago theater
called the Kingston Mines. To the surprise of the creators, Jim Jacobs
and Warren Casey, the show continued to draw capacity crowds for eight
New York producers caught wind of the underground phenomenon, and after
scouting the show they decided that "Grease!" could be a winner
on Broadway as well. Soon after the opening on Feb. 14, 1972, New York
critics were heralding the show's style and flare. Moving to bigger stages
on Broadway, "Grease!" ran for eight years, closing as the longest-running
show in Broadway history. A series of road companies have spread the success
of "Grease!" worldwide.
Remaining tickets for "Grease!" are $36 and $33. UI students
and senior citizens qualify for a 20 percent discount, and tickets for
audience members 17 and younger are half price.
Hancher box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturday and 1-3 p.m. Sunday. From the local calling area or outside Iowa,
dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance within Iowa and western Illinois is
toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284. Orders may be charged
to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases
to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option
of payroll deduction.
People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services
(319) 335-1158. This number will be answered by box office personnel
prepared to offer assistance with handicapped parking, wheelchair access
and seating, hearing augmentation and other services. The line is equipped
with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.
Audio description, a service for audience members with visual impairment,
will be available at both March 29 performances. In addition, an American
Sign Language signer will interpret the 2 p.m. March 29 performance.