had far less music, far less plot, and no central characters. But because it is truthful, because it spares neither the details nor the larger shapes of the narrow experience on which it focuses so tightly, Grease implies the topics I have raised, and many others. Like Hair before it and The Rocky Horror Show which would come a year later, Grease is a show about repression versus freedom in American sexuality, about the clumsy, tentative, but clearly emerging sexual freedom of the late 1950s, seen through the lens of the. The characters in Grease were born around 1942, the last generation born before the Baby Boomers, and they went to high school from fall 1955 to summer 1959. It was the decade that gave permanent berth to both the concept musical and the rock musical, both explored during the sixties but now taking their rightful place in mainstream musical theatre. And the centerpiece of the scene is "Born to Hand Jive with its now universally famous choreography. John Waters documented this cultural shift in his film Cry-Baby, set just a few years before Grease.
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Structurally, this song links these two women. Two of the Chicago cast members, Dinah Manoff (Marty) and James Canning (Doody) would play those roles on Broadway. One hapless television reviewer said, "The worst thing Ive ever seen opened tonight at the Eden Theatre." It ran 128 performances anyway. What they see as patriotism was more like nationalistic terrorism, demagoguery, witch hunts. The Battle Over Sex has always been waged between the Haves and the Have-Nots in America.
Once the producers decided to bring Grease to New York, they set about finding a production staff. The fact that Doody plays the guitar is very significant. Merkin wrote: The thing is, her career happened so fast, was over practically before it began, that we can almost be forgiven for misconstruing her as a cultural simulacrum: a blip on the monitor, a media invention, an adorable incarnation of a feminine ideal. What they didn't want was a cotton-candy musical.". Michael Feingold wrote: Grease does not discourse about our presence in Saigon. Goodbye to Sandra Dee, also like Hair, Grease is about authenticity, the watchword of that first rock and roll generation. But Grease is about the beginning, when rock and roll was still pure, still naked, still dangerous, and America was still terrified. And we bought barbecue grills and made dips out of sour cream and dried onion soup to serve with potato chips, while our husbands made the martinis as dry as in the city and cooked hamburgers on the charcoal, and we sat in canvas chairs.
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