BBC Radio 4 Broadcasts 'GREASE WAS OUR WORLD' Documentary

BBC Radio 4 Broadcasts 'GREASE WAS OUR WORLD' Documentary

BBC Radio 4's Christmas Day treat for musical theatre-loving listeners was a documentary called 'Grease Was Our World' - looking at the real teenagers behind the story of the much-loved classic musical.

Grease has entertained audiences for over 40 years, first on stage from 1971 and then on film in 1978. Somewhere near you Danny, Sandy Rizzo and the Pink Ladies will be hand jiving their way through a pastiche 1950s that is a happy fantasy almost entirely detached from the Eisenhower years. But the true roots of Grease lie far away from the palm trees and sunlit corridors of Rydell High...

Presenter Alan Dein searches for the real world of Grease in North West Chicago with Grease's co-creator Jim Jacobs. There they encounter a much earthier world of 1950's teenage America. Enter a universe of drag races, boy bikers, teen rumbles and the real Pink Ladies - home to The Imperials, Goombahs, Ravens and The Outcasts; most newly arrived from the inner city and chafing against conformity; tough kids who created a new kind of life for themselves far removed from their immigrant parent desires. Now in their 70s they describe some of the adventures that helped provide the inspiration for Jim Jacobs and writing partner WarRen Casey in creating their Sandy, Danny, Rizzo and Kenickie.

We also learn that the Grease that opened with an amateur cast for what was supposed to be just a few weeks in February 1971 was radically different to the show so many of us know...

UK-based listeners can catch the programme via iPlayer until January 1.

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