Grease [2007 Broadway Revival Cast]

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Laura Osnes and Max Crumm, winners of the TV talent competition Grease: You're the One That I Want!, star in this revival production of the hit Broadway show. One of the most popular musicals of all time, the original '70s production of Grease ran on Broadway for more than seven years and inspired the 1978 movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. The new production features classic songs from the musical, including "Summer Nights," "Greased Lightning," and "We Go Together," as well as the addition film numbers "Grease is the Word," "You're the One That I Want," "Hopelessly Devoted to You," and "Sandy." The Barnes & Noble Exclusive Version of the album features ...
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Laura Osnes and Max Crumm, winners of the TV talent competition Grease: You're the One That I Want!, star in this revival production of the hit Broadway show. One of the most popular musicals of all time, the original '70s production of Grease ran on Broadway for more than seven years and inspired the 1978 movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. The new production features classic songs from the musical, including "Summer Nights," "Greased Lightning," and "We Go Together," as well as the addition film numbers "Grease is the Word," "You're the One That I Want," "Hopelessly Devoted to You," and "Sandy." The Barnes & Noble Exclusive Version of the album features three karaoke bonus tracks.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Before it became a top-grossing movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John accompanied by a multi-platinum soundtrack album in 1978, Grease was a 1972 stage musical that briefly became the longest running show in Broadway history. There were several differences between the theater and film versions, not the least of them the interpolation of a batch of new songs -- "Hopelessly Devoted to You," "Sandy," "You're the One That I Want," and "Grease" itself -- that produced a series of pop hits, even though they were inconsistent in musical style and lyrical tone from the rest of the score. In 1993, a West End production found a way to stick those songs into the stage show, but the producers of the 1994 Broadway revival resisted that temptation and still managed to get another 1,503 performances out of the show. Thirteen years later, however, the producers of this second Broadway revival have bowed to the inevitable and adapted the movie score to the stage. Following a brief overture, the cast album launches right into songwriter Barry Gibb's "Grease" a number one hit for Frankie Valli in 1978. In Christopher Jahnke's orchestration the song has been stripped of some of its disco trappings, but it still sounds nothing like the '50s soundalikes written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey for the original score, and has anyone ever wondered what exactly Gibb is talking about in those lyrics? The theme seems to concern issues of self-esteem "We can be who we are" and individuality "Conventionality belongs to yesterday", which perhaps has something to do with what the point of Grease is, or would if the show was as serious as the song, but it isn't, not by a mile. That out of the way, the album settles in to Jacobs and Casey's gently comic send-ups of the '50s. Their tunes are not so much pastiches as outright steals. For example, "Shakin' at the High School Hop" is just Jerry Lee Lewis' "High School Confidential," slightly revised, and "Born to Hand Jive" is basically Johnny Otis' "Willie and the Hand Jive" by another name. Jacobs and Casey have some fun with the '50s high school setting in their lyrics, although not to the point of harsh satire. "My ma will have a heart attack when she catches/Those pedal pushers with the black leather patches," sings Marty Robyn Hurder in "Freddy, My Love," "Oh how I wish I had a jacket that matches." This happy, if slightly loopy mood holds until the appearance of "Hopelessly Devoted to You," which still sounds like what it was in 1978, a ballad vehicle for Newton-John written for her by her personal songwriter John Farrar in the style of previous hits like "Have You Never Been Mellow." Laura Osnes, who was chosen to play the lead female role of Sandy on a reality TV show, accentuates the jarring late '70s mood and sound of the song by essentially channeling Newton-John in her rendition. "Sandy" is perhaps the closest of the interpolations to a song that could have been in the original score and, probably not coincidentally, the only one that wasn't a hit. Here, it gives Max Crumm, also chosen on the TV show to play the lead male role of Danny, a showcase. Crumm is at least a better singer than Travolta, which he demonstrates in the rousing "You're the One That I Want," although, again, the song doesn't really fit the show. Of course, at this point, talking about what does or does not fit is really moot. Tourist audiences coming to New York and going to see the 2007 Grease have every right to expect that the songs that were hits in the movie will be sung on-stage, and that they will be sung by the winning contestants from the TV talent show. They will not be disappointed, and there's no reason not to think that Grease can have another healthy run its third time around on Broadway.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/2/2007
  • Label: Sony Classics
  • UPC: 886971639827
  • Catalog Number: 716398
  • Sales rank: 56,406

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jack Bashkow Baritone Saxophone, Woodwind
Ann White Vocals
Jim Hershman Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Jeb Brown Vocals
Kimberly Grigsby Synthesizer, Conductor
John Scarpulla Tenor Saxophone, Woodwind
Chris Fenwick Synthesizer, Piano
Natalie Hill Vocals
Jamison Scott Vocals
Michael Blanco Electric Bass, Double Bass, Acoustic Bass
Josh Franklin Vocals
Matthew Saldivar Vocals
Christina Sivrich Vocals
Allison Fischer Vocals
Michael Aarons Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
John Clancy Conga, Drums
Lindsay Mendez Vocals
Cody Green Vocals
Laura Osnes Vocals
Amber Stone Vocals
Ryan Patrick Binder Vocals
Brian Sears Vocals
Susan Blommaert Vocals
Robyn Hurder Vocals
Jamison Scott Robinson Vocals
Joseph Franklin Vocals
Emily Padgett Vocals
Matthew Hydzik Vocals
Kirsten Wyatt Vocals
José Restrepo Vocals
Stephen R. Buntrock Vocals
Keven Quillon Vocals
Max Crumm Vocals
Daniel Everidge Vocals
John Scarrulla Tenor Saxophone, Woodwind
Jenny Powers Vocals
Technical Credits
John Farrar Composer
Barry Gibb Composer
David Chase Arranger
Jacob Jacobs Lyricist, Book
David Leonard Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Scott Simon Composer
Roxanne Slimak Art Direction
Warren Casey Composer, Lyricist, Book
Jim Jacobs Composer, Lyricist, Book
Kimberly Grigsby Music Direction
David Lai Producer, Audio Production
Andrew Mendelson Mastering
Isaiah Abolin Engineer
Scott Gries Cover Photo
Randy Cohen Programming
Louis St. Louis Composer
Elisabeth Ladwig Graphic Design
Scott Simon Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Greasy

    The vocals are good, but i find myself quite bored while listening.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Grease is the Word!

    This is a sure delight for all Broadway fans. The new Sandy and Danny, as well as the other cast members have made this cd one of my personal favorites. If you like this cd you would love the show.

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