Feb 12, 2013
The Historic Regent Theatre in Arlington, Massachusetts will host Sing-a-long Grease, when the unique, interactive show rolls into town, marking the 35th anniversary of the original film version of Grease.
You’d better shape up to sing along to the great movie musical, complete with on-screen lyrics and the chance to become a T-Bird or Pink Lady for the night and join the costume parade onto the stage before the screening.
“It’s the one that you want”, says producer Ben Freedman, who previously brought us Sing-a-long Sound of Music. “Sing-a-long Grease is the show that audiences have been asking for since we first presented a singalong show back in 1999” Now, at last, “Summer Lovin’,” “Grease Lightning,” and the chance to sport a pink wig or greased quiff while belting out “You’re The One That I Want,” are coming to a theater near you. “Sing-a-long-a Grease is much more than ‘just a movie’”, says Freedman. “”It’s an event, an interactive experience and the most fun you can have with your clothes on.”
Sing-a-long Greasers will be decked out in their own versions of ‘50s high school garb worn at Rydell High, including poodle skirts and saddle shoes, black leather biker and powder-pink bomber jackets, chiffon scarves and skinny ties. Costumes are most definitely encouraged, but singing is mandatory!
Every performance starts with a Sing-a-long host who warms up the audience, trains them how to “hand-jive”, deploy the contents of their free goodie bags and heckle in all the right places as well as lead the costume parade. “The rules are… there are no rules.”
35 Years Young
2013 marks the 35th Anniversary of the 1978 film musical GREASE that premiered on the stage at the Off-Broadway Eden Theatre in downtown Manhattan, before transferring to Broadway in June 1972.
The 1972 show, about two lovers in a 1950s US high school, was based on an earlier, grittier “play with incidental music” called Grease Lightning, first staged in Chicago the previous year.
In 1978 it spawned the movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. The movie was a huge hit on its first release. Twenty-five years later it was voted the greatest musical ever in a 2003 poll conducted for the UK Channel 4’s show on the 100 Greatest Musicals.
The birth of Sing-a-long
The unique, interactive entertainment form known as Sing-a-long, meanwhile, was allegedly born in an old people’s home in Inverness, Scotland. The nurses wanted to involve the residents in an interactive group therapy. They therefore wanted to screen Seven Brides For Seven Brothers and gave out song sheets so that everyone could sing-a-long.
The idea was then developed in 1999, before opening at the Prince Charles Cinema in August of that year. After an initial eight-show run soon sold out, while attracting huge media attention, and regular shows has been running ever since all around the world.
Now, finally, comes the dream union – between Grease and Sing-a-long!
COMPLETE SCHEDULE: 8 SHOWS MON-FRI, FEB 18-22
Monday 2/18 at 7:00pm
Tuesday 2/19 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm
Wednesday 2/20 at 7:00pm
Thursday 2/21 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm
Friday 2/22 at 7:00pm and 9:30pm
TICKETS: GENERAL ADMISSION
$12/Kids and Seniors
$10 for Groups of 10+
Located at 7 Medford Street in Arlington Center (off Mass Ave)—minutes from Cambridge and Boston—the Regent Theatre is MBTA and handicap accessible with parking in the municipal lot across the street. For tickets and info call 781-646-4849 or visit www.regenttheatre.com
• Suitability for children: Grease is suitable for all. Children are very welcome, although evening performances can sometimes get a little lively and so may be more suitable for older children (plus the late finishing time may mean that younger ones get tired).
Running time: Approx. 2 hours 10 minutes including pre-show
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