BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo Department of Theatre
and Dance will present Grease April 19-21 and 26-28 at 7:30 p.m.
and April 22 and 29 at 2 p.m. in the Drama Theatre in the Center
for the Arts, UB North Campus. The cast of Grease will be comprised
of students from the UB Music Theatre and Dance programs.
Grease opened on Broadway in 1972 and received a Tony Award
nomination for Best Musical that year. The show went on to become
one of the most successful films of all time, starring John
Travolta, Olivia Newton John, Didi Conn and Stockard Channing. It
has subsequently become one the most produced musicals of all time,
and has produced a number of hit singles, including "You're the One
That I Want," "Summer Nights" and "Greased Lightning."
Grease is a musical about teens in love set in and around Rydell
High School in 1959. When wholesome good girl Sandy and greaser
renegade Danny fall in love over the summer, they never expect to
see each other again -- but they soon discover that they now
attending the same high school. Danny's the leader of the T-Birds,
a group of black-jacket greasers, while Sandy hangs with the Pink
Ladies, a group of pink-wearing girls. Although it is clear that
Danny and Sandy are still in love, societal differences challenge
Along with the student-comprised cast of GREASE, the production
also includes: Greg Natale (director), a member of the UB Theatre
and Dance faculty and a well-known Western New York director; Nancy
Townsend (music director), a UB clinical assistant professor of
music theatre; and Tracy Navarro (choreographer), a dance teacher
at UB and owner of Infinity Dance Project Inc.
Tickets for Grease are $24 general admission, and $10 for
students and seniors. Tickets are available at the Center for the
Arts Box Office (Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and all
Ticketmaster locations, including ticketmaster.com. To charge
tickets, call 1-800-745-3000; in Canada, call 416-870-8000. For
more information, call 716-645-2787.