#Musical Monday Review #4: Grease

Sorry it was late. Had internet issues all day.

Overview: Good girl Sandy is in the states from Australia for the summer and meets the love of her life, bad boy Danny. At the end of the summer they bid farewell thinking she is going back home. With a change of plans, Sandy ends up at the same school as Danny, but he brushes her off in front of his friends. Sandy tries to make him jealous by seeing a football player. Wanting to win her back, he decides to change and ends up on the track team. She sees how hard he tries and goes back to him. They go to the big dance together, where there is another falling out over a girl this time. Sandy wants to hear Danny out, so they go to a drive in movie together and talk it out. While the problem goes unsolved he tries to make it right by giving her his ring but then tries to do something untowardly and she throws it back at him and leaves him alone at the drive in. Feeling bad about what she did, Sandy goes in search of Danny and finds him in a car race for his best friend. Then and there she decides that if she wants to keep Danny she needs to change. Danny decides he needs to change to keep Sandy and dresses as a jock for the school carnival. Sandy show up head to toe in black leather, teased out hair, high heels smoking a cigarette. Thy realize thy are crazy for each other and ride off into the sunset…literally.

Interesting fact: Olivia Newton John’s career, before the movie was going nowhere. She was weary of playing the part because of the harsh criticism she got for her singing in England. They ran a screen test and convinced her she was perfect. Also for her bad Sandy look, she had to be sewn into the leather pants, because the zipper broke and could not eat or drink all day.

Opinion: I love this musical! I have probably seen it a million times, my dad took me to see it on ice when I was younger and I was in it my senior year in high school. I don’t know why but my favorite character has always been Frenchy, making one of my favorite songs Beauty School Drop Out.

My all time favorite song would have to be Sandra Dee by Rizzo and the Pink Ladies. It is horrible that they were making fun of Sandy, but back when I was a kid I always wanted to have a sleep over like that. Bunch of friends around and just having a great time dancing and singing.

The idea behind the musical is timeless, bad boy meets good girl and they change to stay together…now set to music. One thing I didn’t like about it is the opening where they are on the beach. I am just not fond of the song Love is a Many Splendid Thing, if that was changed I would be happy.

This musical is everything I wanted my high school years to be. I was considered the good girl growing up, so I was going to have friend that were a bit edgy and find a bad boy to fall in love with. We would fight but eventually realize we were good together. I got the bad boy, but he was too much for me and I had to cut him loose.

The choreography wasn’t too over the top, because it was set in high school I guess, but pretty good. I would say my favorite dance number happened during the dance. The Hand Jive is awesome, easy and fun but John Travolta, Olivia Newton John and Chacha (I don’t know her actual name…and I’m lazy) really made it their own.

List of Musicals Up for Review

A couple of days ago, I decided to branch out and also write some music reviews, but like an idiot, I did not not give a list of what I plan on reviewing before I asked for suggestions. So here is a list of those I do plan on reviewing, and if there are more suggestions please feel free to comment. May not be in exact order that I review them.

1. Sound of Music

2. RENT

3. Mary Poppins

4. Little Shop of Horrors

5. Evita

6. Jesus Christ Superstar

7. Repo! The Genetic Opera

8. The Phantom of the Opera

9. Oklahoma!

10. Grease

11. Grease 2

12. Hair

13. Hairspray

14. Blue Hawaii

15. GI Blues

16. Spinout

17. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

18. Selena

19. Rocky Horror Picture Show

20. The Beatles: Yellow Submarine

21. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Chipmunk Adventure

22. Beauty and the Beast

23. Aladdin

24. Sleeping Beauty

25. Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer

26. Fiddler on the Roof

27. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

28. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

29. Across the Universe

30. Hello Dolly!

31. Cry Baby

32. Labrinth