[Posted April 15, 2018] It’s amazing. Grease! may not be the greatest musical ever staged, but there is a special magic to this show which makes it a favorite for students, parents, alumni and friends.
With Uni’s first show – the Student Preview Performance – coming up on Wednesday, Grease! has set a new record for pre-show online sales through the BrownPaperTickets.com portal, outselling every other show offered during the past three years.
You can reserve your tickets now for any of the four shows here:
- Apr. 18: 3:30 p.m. Student Preview Performance: all tickets $5.
- Apr. 19: 7:00 p.m. VIP tickets $15, General Admission $10 (Students $5)
- Apr. 20: 7:00 p.m. VIP tickets $15, General Admission $10 (Students $5)
- Apr. 21: 2:00 p.m. VIP tickets $15, General Admission $10 (Students $5)
Originally written in Chicago in 1971, with specific ethnic references to that city, it is best known from Paramount’s 1978 film that starred John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John as Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson (Sandy Dumbrowski in the musical) in their senior years at fictional Rydell High School. The Uni cast:
- Eugene Florczyk, played by Allen Tehrani
- Miss Lynch: Akila McKenzie
- Patty Simcox: Heidi Laubach
- Danny Zuko: Justin Javedanfar
- Sandy Dumbrowski: Claire Hafteck
- Betty Rizzo: Jasmine Mentzer
- Frenchy: Roscoe Upton
- Marty: Akira Shelton
- Jan: Maribel Solis
- Doody: Nathan Lam
- Kenickie: Cole Kelley
- Sonny LaTierri: Ethan Serrano
- Roger: Kevin Flores-Luna
- Johnny Casino/Teen Angel: Guillermo Hercules
- Vince Fontaine: Vic Brown
- Cha-Cha DiGregorio: Odina Cabrera
- It’s Raining on Prom Night Radio Star: Sarai Benitez
- The Pink Ladies: Jennifer Alvarez, Sarai Benitez, Amber Durham, Nuhamin Fekade, Lucie Hafteck, Stephanie Marroquin, Alexah Moller, Karla Ponce, Monica Solano.
- The Burger Palace Boys: Cristian Benitez, Jorge Manzo, Giovanni Molinaro, Gerson Orellana, Jonathan Orellana.
Uni’s Director of Theatre Arts, Ronnie Sperling ‘76 notes that the upcoming production will reflect the original, edgy musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, with a special nod to the film at the end. Sperling himself has a special connection to the show: he played Eugene Florczyk – the class nerd – in a national touring company version during the early 1980s.
It’s the third time this show at Uni: first in Spring 1993 – making April the 25-year anniversary of the first campus production – and again in 2009. The show is supported by a grant from the Uni Hi Education Foundation and UCLA’s Beyond the Bell program.
Parking is available in and around the Uni campus and there will be concessions available in the lobby for all performances. Get out your bobby sox and see you at Stivelman!