Grease is a classic in the world of movie musicals, and everyone has seen at least a scene or two at some point in time (or busted out with their own hand jive).
But theres a lot more to this 1978 film based on a musical set in the 1950s than you thought. Yes,the late Jeff Conaway played Danny Zuko on Broadway and John Tavolta was Doody, but did you know Elvis was offered a role?
And that’s just the beginning…
Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey wrote the original 1971 stage production, and the musical got its name from the 1950s penchant for greasy hair, greasy engines, and greasy food.
Allan Carr hosted “Rolodex parties” inviting the A-L guest list one night, the M-Z one the next and even held an event in an abandoned Los Angeles jail, according to Vanity Fair.
“The Fonz” Almost Played Danny Zuko
Paramount originally wanted Happy Days star Henry Winkler as the leading man, but the actor was worried about being typecast so he turned it down.
Carrie Fisher Was Almost Sandy
Director Randal Kleiser roomed with George Lucas in college and watched dailies of Star Wars to see if Carrie could be a fit. In the end, he went with Olivia Newton John, as everyone knows.
But Marie Osmond Was a Front-Runner
The wholesome singer definitely suited the role, but Osmond, who was raised Mormon, objected to Sandy’s bad girl transformation so she declined.
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