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Jim Jacobs was born and raised on the mean streets of Chicago's far northwest side. During the golden era of rock 'n' roll (1956-1960) he was a guitar-playing "greaser" student at Taft High School. In 1963, Jacobs met Warren Casey when they were both cast in a local theatre production of A Shot in the Dark. Seven years later they wrote Grease, which opened in 1971 in a former trolley barn called the Kingston Mines Theatre in Chicago. A year later, Grease made it to Broadway and "Greasemania" took off, becoming what was then the longest running show in Broadway history. The 1978 movie version became the highest grossing movie musical of all time. Originally an actor, Jacobs has been seen on television, in motion pictures, regional theatre, national tours, and on Broadway. He is the co-author of several other plays and musicals including Bats In The Belfry, Remember The Night and Island of Lost Coeds, a musical spoof of the low budget sci-fi/horror/jungle movies of the 1950s, which he wrote with Warren Casey. In May 2014, Mr. Jacobs was presented with an honorary doctorate degree from Columbia College in Chicago. He currently resides in Southern California and has remained active in theatre, especially with the American Theatre Company of Chicago and several theatres in the San Diego area.

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Book, Music, Lyrics
[UK Tour, 2021] [Replacement]
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West End Production of GREASE Will Tour the UK and Ireland From April 2024

After incredibly successful summer seasons in 2022 and 2023; Jim Jacobs & Warren Casey's iconic musical GREASE will tour the UK and Ireland in 2024. GREASE is directed by Nikolai Foster and choreographed by Arlene Phillips.

Australian Production of GREASE Releases Sneak Peek Music Video of 'You're The One That I Want' - Watch Here!

Producers of the multi-million dollar stage musical GREASE have revealed a sneak preview of a recording of one of the beloved musical's favourite songs, You're The One That I Want featuring Annelise Hall in the role of Sandy and Joseph Spanti in the role of Danny. GREASE is set to open in Melbourne on December 31 2023 and at Sydney's Capitol Theatre from March 2024. Watch here!

Photos: First look at Abbey Theater of Dublin's GREASE

Grease is the word! Meet the senior class of 1959 at Rydell High and watch Head “greaser” Danny Zuko and new (good) girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the high romance of their “Summer Nights” as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through such songs as “Greased Lightnin’,” “It’s Raining on Prom Night,” “Alone at the Drive-In Movie”.

Review: New Tampa Players Present GREASE at the New Tampa Performing Arts Center

It's a hit or miss show, but the youthful cast and the new performing arts facility make it worth your while.

Review: GREASE Is The Word at The Argyle Theater

What did our critic think of GREASE at The Argyle Theater?

Casts Set for Summer Stock Austin Featuring DANCE HALL: THE MOVIE MUSICAL World Premiere & More

Summer Stock Austin has revealed the casts for its 2023 Summer season.

Patti Newton, Marcia Hines, Jay Laga'aia and More Join Cast of GREASE Musical

Some of Australia's favourite performers are joining the cast of the multi-million dollar stage production of GREASE, including Patti Newton as Miss Lynch, Marcia Hines as Teen Angel and Jay Laga'aia as Vince Fontaine in the hit musical set to open in Melbourne on 31 December 2023 and in Sydney from March 2024.


Questa mattina è stato presentato in anteprima a giornalisti ed ospiti selezionati il nuovo cartellone del Teatro Brancaccio di Roma. A tenere le redini della conferenza stampa il direttore artistico, Alessandro Longobardi, ha illustrato, in compagnia di tanti ospiti, quella che sarà la stagione 2023/24.

GREASE & PIPPIN Set for NTPA 2023 Plano Summer Musicals Series

The award-winning North Texas Performing Arts Repertory Theatre has announced their lineup for the 2023 Plano Summer Musicals Series, including two exciting Broadway musicals sure to entice audiences. Learn how to purchase tickets!

Impact Arts to Present SHOWTIME IN THE PARK This Summer

Impact Arts will present Showtime in the Park, a family-friendly event kicking off Summer Stock Austin's 2023 Season on Friday, June 9, 2023 from 5:00-9:30 p.m. in Pease Park.

GREASE To Return To Australia In 2024

A brand-new production of the number one party musical GREASE is set to debut as Melbourne's summer musical at Her Majesty's Theatre from January 2024 and the Capitol Theatre in Sydney from March 2024.

SHOWTIME IN THE PARK to Kick Off Summer Stock Austin 2023 Season

Impact Arts will present Showtime in the Park, a family-friendly event kicking off Summer Stock Austin’s 2023 Season on Friday, May 12, 2023 from 5:00-9:30 p.m. in Pease Park.

Photos: GREASE Opens 2023-2024 Season At Drury Lane Theatre

Drury Lane Theatre opened its incredible 2023-2024 season with the song and dance spectacular Grease, with book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. See photos from the production!

Streaming Review: All The Cool Kids Are Watching GREASE: RISE OF THE PINK LADIES On Paramount+

This show has kicked off with a bang in Bobby’s books and we can’t recommend it highly enough to everyone GREASE fan or newbie alike

Review: GREASE at Toby's Is Slick Production

GREASE, a perennial favorite for theaters and theater-goers, is quite the crowd-pleaser at Toby's Dinner Theater in Columbia, Maryland. It's full of fun songs you already know, excellent dancing and a tiny bit of plot. The cast is excellent and the staging is lively. It has many elements in common with the movie, but a PG rating isn't one of them.

Jason Donovan and Peter Andre Will Return to GREASE in the West End

Australian stars Jason Donovan and Peter Andre will return to Jim Jacobs & Warren Casey's iconic musical GREASE at the Dominion Theatre following their highly acclaimed performances last year.

Cast Announced for GREASE at Drury Lane Theatre

Drury Lane Theatre will open its 2023-2024 season with the song and dance spectacular Grease, with book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey.

Tickets For GREASE at The Delray Beach Playhouse Are On Sale Now

Tickets are now available for the Delray Beach Playhouse' production of Grease, the rollicking rock 'n roll musical that is both an homage to the idealism and the music of the 50s, and a satirical look at teenagers' universal and age-old desire to be provocative and rebellious.  The show will run at the popular Delray Beach venue from August 11th through August 27th.

Review: Gleeful GREASE Revs Up Nostalgia in La Mirada

Despite outdated, cringe-inducing tropes, McCoy Rigby Entertainment's new production of this ubiquitous rock-and-roll stage musical---now on stage at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts through February 12---manages to still entertain thanks mostly to the superb musical numbers energetically performed by its talented cast.

Photos: First Look at GREASE at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts & McCoy Rigby Entertainment have released production photos from their upcoming “electrifying” musical GREASE, with book, music & lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, musical direction by Ryan O’Connell, choreography by Christopher M. Albrecht and directed by Kari Hayter. Check out the photos here!


Jim Jacobs has appeared on Broadway in 1 shows.

Jim Jacobs has not appeared in the West End

Jim Jacobs has been nominated for several awards throughout his career. He received a nomination for Best Musical Revival at the Olivier Awards for his work on "Grease." Additionally, he was also nominated for Best Book of a Musical at the Tony Awards for his contributions to "Grease." These nominations highlight the recognition and acclaim that Jacobs has received for his work on the iconic musical.

Jim Jacobs has won the Best Book of a Musical award at the Tony Awards for the show Grease.

Jim Jacobs has written 1 shows including Grease (Bookwriter).

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