House Tv CBS Will Exchange the Tony Awards with the Film of “Grease,” A…

“Grease” is the phrase.

The film of “Grease” will air on CBS on Sunday, June seventh instead of the Tony Awards. Ironies abound. “Grease” has by no means received a Tony Award.

The musical that opened on Broadway in 1972 is a really dangerous present. It was nominated for for seven Tony Awards. It didn’t win one, not even for Pat Birch’s choreography. When “Grease” returned as a revival it was nominated for 3 extra Tonys, and misplaced once more. By 2007, revived as soon as extra, one nomination, and misplaced.

“Grease” was principally unwatchable, though many individuals noticed it in that authentic run, beginning off Broadway, then transferring to Broadway in 1972 by 1980. It was kind of the staged model of George Lucas’s “American Graffiti,” which was such a success film that it instigated a revival of 50s music in 1972.

Not like most Broadway exhibits that “lock” perpetually, “Grease” didn’t come into its personal till the 1978 film. The Bee Gees wrote the title observe, and “Hopelessly Dedicated to You” was added for Olivia Newton John. In the course of the present’s final two years on Broadway, you wouldn’t have heard these songs from the movie on stage. It wasn’t till the revivals that the film model was transposed onto the stage model.

Wikipedia is filled with different modifications that occurred over time. The “Grease” tune, which is terrific, happened as a result of Robert Stigwood produced “Saturday Evening Fever,” a monster hit, and requested the Gibbs brothers to write down a tune for “Grease.” On the time, the Bee Gees have been stable gold.

It’s sort of unhappy that CBS and Jack Sussman went with “Grease” as an alternative of a sing-a-long of say, nearly the rest. “My Honest Girl” would have been a good selection. A restored “Oklahoma.” John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John have their charms, and maintain a spot in some hearts, however they don’t have anything by any means to do with Broadway.

Possibly a Broadway particular could be good this winter when all of the exhibits come again and the Nice White Method lights up. That might be a fantastic thought to reintroduce all of the returning exhibits. I received’t maintain my breath.





Roger Friedman started his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox Information, the place he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Journal within the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, in addition to for the actual Parade journal (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Particulars, Vogue, Spin, the New York Occasions, NY Publish, Washington Publish, and NY Each day Information amongst many publications. He’s the author and co-producer of “Solely the Sturdy Survive,” a choice of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Movie festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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