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Original Stage Version of Grease Extended At ATC

By Mike Fourcher | Tuesday, May 24, 2011

If you’re a hard core “Grease” fan, you know that it was originally written to portray life at Northwest Side Chicago’s Taft High School and the musical was originally produced at the Kingston Mines. Did you know that it was originally R-rated? Sandy was from Joliet? “Summer Nights” was originally “Foster Beach”?

The American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron St., has restored much of the original musical, and made it much more faithful to it’s Chicago roots.

“The Original Grease’s reception in Chicago has been overwhelming. The feedback Jim and I have received have been extremely helpful in refining this new version,” said director PJ Paparelli. “We want to introduce a more Chicago-centric opening and closing of the show for Jim’s graduating class in addition to other changes that we couldn’t make in preparation for opening the show. With a tighter running time and a more heartfelt and Chicago-based bookend for the show, we look forward to sharing the new material with audiences.”

The 2 hour and 12 minute show, which runs Wednesday through Sunday opened on April 21 but has recently been extended to August 21. Tickets can be purchased on line.

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