featuring book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey
on Broadway on Sunday, August 19, 2007 at the Brooks Atkinson
Theatre (256 West 47th Street).
Monday, August 20, 2007; Posted: 10:34 AM - by Walter McBride
Preview performances of Grease, directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Kathleen
Marshall, began on Tuesday, July 24, 2007.
Joining Max Crumm as "Danny" and Laura Osnes as "Sandy" are Ryan Patrick Binder as "Doody," Susan
Blommaert as "Miss Lynch," Jeb Brown as "Vince," Stephen R. Buntrock as "Teen Angel," Daniel
Everidge as "Roger," Allison Fischer as "Patty," Robyn Hurder as "Marty," Lindsay Mendez as "Jan,"
Jenny Powers as "Rizzo," Jose Restrepo as "Sonny," Matthew Saldivar as "Kenickie," Jamison Scott as
"Eugene" and Kirsten Wyatt as "Frenchy." The ensemble features Josh Franklin, Cody Green, Natalie
Hill ("Cha-Cha"), Matthew Hydzik, Emily Padgett, Keven Quillon, Brian Sears, Christina Sivrich, Amber
Stone and Anna Aimee White.
Crumm and Osnes were announced to play Danny and Sandy during the live finale episode of the NBC
talent competition series "Grease: You're the One That I Want" on Sunday, March 25, 2007
The first-nighters included Grease alums from all levels of entry. From the original production: Carole
Demas ("Sandy"), Marilu Henner ("Marty"), Irene Kristen ("Patty"); from London: Deborah Gibson
("Sandy"); from the 1994 revival: Jo Anne Worley (Miss Lynch); from the movie: Didi Conn ("Frenchy"),
Barry Pearl ("Doody") and Annette Cardona ("Cha-Cha") Ñ plus a whole posse of "Grease: The Ones That
I Didn't Want" exuding good will for Crumm and Osnes and not a hint of lynching them: Jason Celaya,
Ashley Anderson, Ashley Spencer (a second-place "Sandy," now a first-class Amber in Broadway's
Hairspray), Matt Nolan, Kevin Greene, Kathleen Monteleone, Chad Doreck, Juliana Hansen and Allie
From Top: Barry Pearl, Marilu Henner, Kenneth Waissman
and Annette Cardona; "You're the One that I Want" finalists;
The company of Grease takes its opening night bows.
photo by Aubrey Reuben