Musical Theater West has announced the return of one of the world’s most popular musicals, Grease, to the stage this summer! Fifty years after the original show’s Broadway debut, MTW’s 2022 production of Grease will tell the classic love story of Danny and Sandy, featuring a talented cast that reflects the diversity of a typical Long High School. Beach.
This highly anticipated show will premiere on July 8, with a sizzling summer sock hop slated for opening night on July 9. It runs for select dates through July 24 at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center on the Cal State Long Beach campus. Tickets range from $20 to $96 each and are available by phone at 562-856-1999 or online at musical.org.
The contemporary cast includes RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 12 star Darius Rose, aka Jackie Cox, as the fabulous Teen Angel! The rest of Rydell High’s senior class of 1959 will represent the welcoming and hollow community of Long Beach. This talented ensemble was carefully selected in Musical Theater West’s first in-person auditions in more than two years, during which the organization saw 350 live listeners and received more than 500 video submissions.
“One of the exciting prospects in choosing this show three years ago was to model our ‘Rydell High’ after Wilson High School across from our offices in Long Beach,” said Paul Garman, executive director of Musical Theater West. Garman shared that MTW had collaborated with Wilson High School for many years on their musical productions and was struck by the diversity represented in their student body. “We knew our production of Grease should reflect our community in the same way.”
MTW is thrilled to bring new faces to the iconic 50s tale of teenage angst with a cast and creative team that highlight the advances in theater since the jaw-dropping musical premiered a while ago. 50 years. The show will feature all the usual fan favorites, from the duck-tailed “Burger Palace Boys” and the gum-slapping, hip-shaking “Pink Ladies”, to the “greaser” Danny Zuko and the good girl Sandy Dumbrowski as they try to relive the great romance of their “Summer Nights”. Filled with great dance numbers like “Born to Hand-Jive” and classic songs like “Greased Lightnin'”, “It’s Raining on Prom Night” and “Sandy”, Grease celebrates the music that became the soundtrack to a generation.
This thrilling production will be directed by Snehal Desai, who joins the team after directing the critically acclaimed production of East West Players’ Assassins at the David Henry Hwang Theater in Los Angeles. Musical direction will be provided by Jan Roper, whose musical América Tropical won the Raise Your Voice playwright competition for diversity and inclusion. Rounding out the team is multi-talented choreographer Corey Wright, who recently directed and choreographed Pippin at UCLA.
“We hope that every young person who attends will see themselves represented on our stage and be inspired to perhaps dream of a career in theatre,” added Garman. “We look forward to welcoming all generations and walks of life to join us for a summer show like never before.”
The Long Beach premiere of Grease will begin the summer on select dates, July 8 through July 24, 2022. Tickets are currently priced at $20 to $96, available for purchase by phone at 562-856-1999 or online at musical.org. Charges may apply. Not recommended for children under 14 years old. More information, a full performance lineup and additional details can be found at https://musical.org.
CALENDAR EDITORS, PLEASE NOTE:
Musical Theater West proudly presents Grease
Book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey
Directed by Snehal Desai
Musical direction by Jan Roper
Choreography by Corey Wright
July 8 – July 24, 2022, select dates
Tickets $20 – $96, Buy here
Not recommended for children under 14 years old.
More details can be found at https://musical.org/
The story of Musical Theater West is the 70-year journey from a group of volunteers performing in a high school auditorium to one of Southern California’s largest and most respected theater production companies. Utilizing professional talent and producing regional and even global musicals while continuing to honor the tradition of classic musical theater, MTW is the largest artistic producer in the Long Beach area. The company continues to receive critical acclaim and national recognition – and many performers who cut their teeth on the MTW stage have gone on to successful careers on Broadway, television and film. Equally important, stage and screen veterans now come to Musical Theater West to perform, finding it one of the friendliest and most fun places to work. A key aspect of the company is its dedication to education, and education and awareness Musical Theater West’s programs bring the joy and magic of musical theater to more than 17,000 children each year through special morning performances , road shows and school assemblies, as well as the Summer Youth Conservatory. Musical Theater West’s mission is to enrich the community with quality Broadway productions, to preserve musical theater as a uniquely American art form, and to expose people of all backgrounds to the excitement of musical theatre.