Grease opens Nov. 1, 2017 for a limited run
at The Winter Garden Theatre, Toronto
Previews begin Nov. 1, 2017
Opening Night is Thursday Nov. 9, 2017
Tickets go on sale Sept. 5
Irregular Entertainment producers David Galpern and Charles Roy announced today that they are producing a new production of Grease: The Musical starring Janel Parrish (Pretty Little Liars) as Sandy, Katie Findlay (How to Get Away with Murder) as Rizzo, and introducing Dylan S. Wallach (Summer Blink, (Blank) My Life) as Danny, directed by Josh Prince (Beautiful, The Carole King Musical; Shrek, The Musical), with musical direction by three time Dora Award nominee Elizabeth Baird (Kinky Boots, Mamma Mia, The Little Prince) this fall at The Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre Centre, 189 Yonge Street, Toronto.
Executive producer is Matt Weaver (Rock of Ages on Broadway and Chef’s Table on Netflix) and casting is led by Primetime Emmy Award winner and nominee Robert Ulrich (GLEE).
The original high school musical, Grease – The Musical takes audiences back to 1959, and the final year at Rydell High for Danny, Sandy, Rizzo, Kenickie, Frenchy, Marty, Roger, Doody, Jan and Sonny. Legendary Doo Wop singer and arranger Phil Burton (Human Nature) has created brand new arrangements for some of the most famous songs from the film, which will be part of this production: Grease, Hopelessly Devoted to You, Sandy and You’re the One that I Want.
Discussing mounting this production of Grease, Broadway choreographer Josh Prince (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Shrek: The Musical) said, “I grew up in the Midwest and, like so many others, performed in a production of the show when I was in high school. I look forward to taking the show back to its roots and setting it firmly in the blue-collar Chicago of the late 1950’s. For me, a big part of the fun of Grease is being able to see how far we’ve come since 1959 and yet still show how the themes of first love, friendship, and a search of identity are universal across generations. I feel honoured to have the opportunity to give modern audiences a new perspective on this beloved classic piece of musical theatre.”
Grease opened on Broadway in 1971, written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, with additional lyrics for the film and post-revival productions by John Farrar. It won two Drama Desk Awards, one Theatre World Award and received seven Tony Award nominations. It is Broadway’s 15th longest-running show of all time. Grease was made into a feature film in 1978, starring John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Jeff Conaway, Stockard Channing and Frankie Avalon.
The original soundtrack for the motion picture sold 28 million copies. In 2016, Fox broadcasted a televised remake of the 1978 film that was seen by an estimated audience of 12.2 million viewers. 2018 will mark the 40th Anniversary of the film’s release.
Grease is one of the most popular and enduring musicals of our time. This is a musical about teens who are in love. “Greaser” Danny Zuko and Sandy Dumbrowski are in love. They spend time together at the beach, and when they go back to school, what neither of them knows is that they both now attend Rydell High.
Janel Parrish, star of ABC Freeform’s #1 rated show, Pretty Little Liars, and a finalist on Dancing with the Stars, will lead the cast as Sandy. Janel got her start on Broadway as Young Cosette in Les Misérables. “I’m beyond excited to return to the stage…Sandy has been a dream role of mine since I was a child, and a role I never thought I would be asked to play. As an Asian-American woman, I’m thrilled to be able to say I can play Sandy. So thankful and excited for this opportunity!”
Canadian Katie Findlay, one of the stars of ABC/CTV’s How to Get Away With Murder and FXX’s Man Seeking Woman, plays the role of Rizzo. Findlay recently wrapped production as the star of a new TV show from Duncan Sheik, creator of Spring Awakening.
Newcomer Dylan S. Wallach will perform the role of Danny. A graduate of the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University drama program, Dylan has acted in Master of None on Netflix, and Love, Love, Love at Roundabout Theatre Company.
The casting team saw thousands of young actors in Toronto, Los Angeles and New York and have assembled an incredibly talented, young international cast. Producer Charles Roy said “The goal was to find the next cast of GLEE and send them to Rydell High…”
Additional casting announcements will be made at a later date.
Grease: The Musical – Book, Music and Lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. Directed and Choreographed by Josh Prince, Musical Arrangements by Phil Burton, Musical Direction by Elizabeth Baird, Set Design by Paul Tate dePoo III, Costume Design by Cory Sincennes, Lighting Design by Michael Walton, Projection Design by Matthew Haber, Sound Design by Peter McBoyle, and Wigs, Hair and Makeup Design by Gerald Altenburg. Grease is produced by Irregular Entertainment – David Galpern and Charles Roy – and Producer John Kelly, and Executive Producer Matt Weaver, and presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
Ticket prices range from $29-$159 and can be purchased through greasetoronto.com, by phone at 1-855-985-5000, or at The Elgin Winter Garden Theatre Centre Box Office, 189 Yonge Street during regular business hours. Performances of Grease run Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., and matinees are on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at The Elgin Winter Garden Theatre Centre.
Irregular Entertainment was launched in 2017 to build top quality live entertainment in Toronto with an eye to exporting productions internationally. Co-founders David Galpern and Charles Roy, have previously produced hit shows including the Canadian revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS, a North American tour of Hair, and founded the award-winning company, Classical Theatre Project, which will begin a new partnership with Cineplex this year.
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