Grease Essay

939 Words Mar 22nd, 2007 4 Pages
"Grease" is the word when it comes to my favorite musical past-time. But the question is, what was it about the rock and roll era in the 50s that influenced the writers of this stage musical turned movie? Also, how did this type of film affect the popular culture of the past and of today? That is the basis of this paper….
Grease began as a five-hour long amateur show presented in a Chicago trolley barn in the summer of 1971 and eventually made Broadway. The film version of "Grease" began almost immediately. It debuted in 1978, becoming the biggest grossing movie musical in film history. Its eight-year run made Broadway history and put it among today's most popular musicals.
Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey wrote the book, music and
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The music's solid rhythm and heavy back beat inspired new forms of dancing that exist today. Far beyond simply a musical style, rock and roll influenced lifestyles, fashion, attitudes and language.
So the big question is what makes the "Grease" phenomenon continue? One thing that has made it go down in history is the music behind it. Some songs were added to film version that were not in the stage version to reflect the feel of the 50's in songs suited to the disco era. "You're the One That I Want", "Grease", and "Hopelessly Devoted to You" were all composed for the 1978 film. The music has captivated a variety of generations for so many years. Today the music plays at dances, karaoke bars and on the radios across the country, and winds up in almost everyone's music collection at some point during their lives. Every time I hear a song from the movie, it's impossible for me not to sing or hum along, and I know I'm not alone. The young kids, especially those five to twelve years old have heard about "Grease" from their older siblings, have made it their own favorite.
Another reason youth enjoy "Grease" is it deals with events and issues encountered in high school. In fact, the whole movie revolves around the typical high school experience. For instance, the movie opens with the excitement of the first day of school and Rizzo of the Pink Ladies says that seniors rule the school. Isn't that the
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