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    Thanks for posting those articles, SV !

    I'm disappointed for Jim Jacobs too. I wish I had known about the Chicago auditions ! I would have loved to be there as an observer, and would have been thrilled to help find some Polish/Italian, Northwest side talent !

    I hope the show turns out to be a BIG success and hope the FORT family will tune in just for the heck of it. Show wise, I do think it is something new in the US

    I'm interested in seeing some "raw", genuine talent that the "camp" can help ... rather than the super-polished kind that may originate from the coasts. Also ... I'll be rooting for some of those Chicagoan's to make it to the finals.

    See you all tomorrow.
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    Here's an article with some things I haven't read before for example:

    1) How they got down to the Final 12 for the live show
    2) The concept is a lot more open and less nepotistic than typical Broadway auditions.
    3) Who played Rizzo in the 1994 play revival.

    Here's the link and the article is quoted below:

    http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/f...c06grease.html

    Reality show has quite a big payoff: Broadway
    By Bridget Byrne
    ASSOCIATED PRESS

    January 6, 2007 Associated Press

    When "Grease" is revived on Broadway this summer, the leads will be played by the winners of the new TV reality show, "Grease: You're the One that I Want." Billy Bush, here surrounded by actors portraying "Grease" lead characters "Sandy Dumbrowski" and "Danny Zuko," is a co-host.

    Slick on the hair gel, break out the pink poodle skirts and black leather jackets, rev up that T-Bird.

    America's original high-school musical is looking for two new stars.

    When “Grease” is revived on Broadway this summer, lead characters Sandy Dumbrowski and Danny Zuko (Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta in the movie version) will be played by the winners of the new TV reality show, “Grease: You're the One That I Want,” which starts tomorrow.

    Titled after one of the movie version's more memorable songs, this talent competition follows the audition process for the roles of the naive good girl and the slick cool greaser in the 1970s musical, which led to a wave of nostalgia for the teen culture of the '50s.
    “Grease: You're the One That I Want”
    Hopefuls compete for the leads in a Broadway musical.

    “The idea of this is that Broadway traditionally is a pretty closed shop, and this is the biggest open casting call in Broadway history,” says Al Edgington, the co-executive producer of the series, which is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions.

    “You don't have to know anyone, you don't have to be connected, you don't have to be born into it,” Edgington adds. “Anyone who thinks they've got what it takes can come along.”

    He acknowledged, with a laugh, that there were a few hopefuls who “clearly had been practicing in front of the mirror singing into a hairbrush,” but that most of the applicants had some musical training.

    “One thing I think the producers of the TV show are realizing is that there are theater skills you can refine and finesse, but musical theater skills take a long time to develop,” says Kathleen Marshall, who will direct and choreograph the Broadway production.

    Marshall thinks the show is unusual because “there is a real prize at the end of it. Whoever wins is going to star on Broadway. It's not just 'Oh, thank you very much, here's your trophy, and your check,' and then you're sent on your way with a pat on the head. You have to deliver beyond that. So it's a lot of pressure.”

    The BBC also created “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?” a very successful British talent series that discovered Connie Fisher (who had studied musical theater, but had been working in telemarketing) to play Maria von Trapp in the London revival of “The Sound of Music.” Fisher confounded skeptics by earning rave reviews.

    Edgington is hoping to have the same sort of luck with the casting call for “Grease,” a show he calls “so iconic for everyone in this country.”

    “Access Hollywood” co-anchor Billy Bush shares host duties on the reality show, along with British TV personality and musical star Denise Van Outen. Newton-John will make guest appearances the first two shows.
    Bush notes that “Grease” is “the original high-school musical, a story that's endured forever. . . . It's just a classic, and I knew with a prize this big, people to win the lead roles on Broadway, it had to be a hit, and it had to be a lot of FUN! . . . I think it could be really, really, really, really exciting.”
    The first episode will be a collection of auditions held in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York, which led to about 55 performers going to a “Grease Academy,” where they trained for a week with Marshall. That group was cut to 24, who performed in a showcase in front of an invited audience, which included some performers connected with the show on stage and screen through the years.

    The 12 finalists – split evenly between guys and gals – will then compete during six live episodes to become the winning duo.

    Marshall, who won a Tony last year for her choreography of “The Pajama Game,” is also one of the three judges on the TV series, whose opinions will count alongside audience votes. The other judges are theatrical producer David Ian and co-creator of the musical, Jim Jacobs.

    “Hopefully, we are trying to be honest, but also encouraging,” Marshall says. But she stresses the panel must be realistic about performers' talents because, “We are all, of course, heavily invested in the outcome. Once the TV show goes off the air, that's just the beginning for us. We have to turn around and create a Broadway show.”

    So does Marshall worry that no one will make the grade?

    “It's always a little bit of a gamble at any Broadway audition that, 'Gee, I hope that spark of what I saw at their audition is just the tip of the iceberg and that there's more there,' ” she explains.

    “Grease” already has had two marathon runs on Broadway. The original production arrived in 1972, closing in 1980 after more than 3,000 performances. The revival, starring Rosie O'Donnell as Betty Rizzo, opened in 1994 and ran for more than 1,500 performances.

    Ironically, neither featured the song “You're the One That I Want,” which was written for the enormously successful 1978 film version. The song later topped the pop charts. One question to be answered: Will it be included in the new version of the show?
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    I enjoyed the show... it's interesting. i agree with Famita though. I think it could be better.

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    Also, on the subject of crazy reality shows. A friend of a friend new someone who worked on "The Real Housewives of OC Season 2" and said it was amazing and had jaw dropping drama.

    Now that's the kind of endorsement I would have loved to give to Grease. Too bad.

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    The show has been pretty entertaining thus far, we'll see what the future holds, I have always been a fan of grease. Looking forward to finding someone I'd to see in that role. No one has impressed me too much yet.

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