Photo Coverage: Paper Mill Playhouse's GREASE Takes Opening Night Bows!
Paper Mill Playhouse concludes its 75th Anniversary Season with America's favorite musical, GREASE. With book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, Grease will be directed by Daniel Goldstein with original choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter. Additional songs are by John Farrar, Barry Gibb, Scott Simon and Louis St. Louis. Grease plays the Millburn, New Jersey, theater through June 29, 2014. BroadwayWorld brings you photos from inside the opening night curtain call below!
The world's No. 1 musical bursts on to the Paper Mill stage in an all-new production. Grease is a rock-n-roll celebration of growing up and falling in love set in the fabulous fifties. Grease strikes a universal chord with an irresistible mix of fast cars and first loves. It's Danny and Sandy, Frenchy and Kenickie, and don't forget about Rizzo. Grease is a thrilling injection of pure fun with astounding dancing and amazing songs. On Broadway, Grease won seven Tony Awards, a Drama Desk Award and a Theatre World Award.
Grease brings a young, experienced cast to the Paper Mill Playhouse stage. Taylor Louderman (Sandy Dumbrowski) recently starred on Broadway as Campbell Davis in Bring It On: The Musical. Louderman made her feature film debut in 2007's Alice Upside Down opposite Luke Perry. Bobby Conte Thornton (Danny Zuko) appeared in regional productions of LES MISERABLES, The Light in the Piazza, 8 the Play with Dustin Lance Black and Equus. Thornton appeared at the Venetian Room in San Francisco, opening for Laura Benanti and performing in their birthday tribute to Marvin Hamlisch, as well as debuting his solo concert at the Metropolitan Room in New York City. Paper Mill Playhouse alumnus and two-time Tony Award nominee Robin De Jesús (Doody) appeared on Broadway in La Cage aux Folles, In the Heights and Rent. Telly Leung (Teen Angel) was seen on Broadway in Pacific Overtures, Godspell and Rent and on Fox's Glee. Both Leung and De Jesús appeared in Paper Mill's highly lauded revival of Godspell in 2006. Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Award winner Morgan Weed (Betty Rizzo) performed in productions of The Last Five Years, Rent and Next to Normal. Shane Donovan (Kenickie) was featured in the national tours of South Pacific and Cinderella Rock. Dana Steingold (Frenchy) appeared in the Encores production of Anyone Can Whistle and the national tour of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Tommy Bracco (Sonny) originated the role of Spot Conlon in Newsies at Paper Mill Playhouse and on Broadway.
Photo Credit: Genevieve Rafter Keddy
Grease is the word....