The MNM Theatre Company invites fans to its fourth and final production in 2018, the rock ’n’ roll musical Grease.
Co-presented by MNM and the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, the show with a 15-person cast and backed by a live six-piece band, opened Thursday, Nov. 15 and continues through Sunday, Dec. 2 in the Kravis Center’s Rinker Playhouse.
Grease is being directed by Bruce Linser, with musical direction by Paul Reekie. The talented twosome were paired on previous MNM hits, including Side by Side by Sondheim, The World Goes ’Round, Company, Little Shop of Horrors and Avenue Q.
Emily Tarallo choreographs the show and also appears as Cha-Cha.
Backed by a live six-piece band, the 15-person cast of Grease includes Caiti Marlowe as Sandy, Jonah Robinson as Danny, Laura Plyler as Rizzo, Israel Viñas as Kenickie and Jim Ballard as Vince Fontaine/Teen Angel.
Also appearing in the show are Alexandra Amado Frost, Cara Harpest, Cameron Jordan, Janna Morrison, Meredith Pughe, Brian Reiff, Ashley Rubin, Jesse Veliz and Trevor Wayne.
With book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, Grease is set in Rydell High School in 1959 with its hot-rodding “Burger Palace Boys” and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking “Pink Ladies” in bobby sox and pedal pushers. This rollicking show features such pop hits as “Summer Loving,” “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” “Greased Lightnin’,” “You’re the One That I Want,” “Hand Jive” and “Beauty School Dropout,” recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard and Elvis Presley that became the soundtrack of a generation.
Grease first opened on Broadway in 1972, received seven Tony Award nominations, including one for Best Musical, and went on to play nearly 3,400 performances before closing, a record at the time. The film version starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton John was released in 1978, and a live TV version was broadcast in 2016.
Tickets for Grease start at $39 and are available for purchase online through the Kravis Center’s web site at www.kravis.org or by phone at (561) 832-7469. Patrons can also visit the Kravis Center Box Office at 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach. For group sales, call (561) 651-4438 or (561) 651-4304.