GREASE Continues, 32nd Season Waits on the Horizon

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on July 18, 2014

The 50-plus Parks and Rec children and interns have done their best and hopefully enjoyed, learned and ended up more confident and self-assured by their efforts here this summer. You can still feel their energy and newfound love of this art form reverberating within these walls.

Grease is our current offering and our third revival of this musical tribute to the ‘50s. It is, for many of us Baby Boomers, a walk down memory lane. For others, it’s the perennial showing on ABC television each year which has hooked millions into the story of Sandy Dumbrowski and Danny Zuko. It’s a world not unlike Andy Hardy’s, where the dilemmas of growing up are always solved by the final reel — or, rather, onstage by the final song.

For a few more weeks, Grease is the word, and it will be until we segue nicely into A Night on the Terrazzo, a refreshing, light and frothy summer show presented cabaret-style in our lobby — which, funnily enough, has a terrazzo floor.

We open our 32nd season with On the Town, whose film version, starring Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra, was one of those rare films shot on location in New York City. That piece of trivia gives the movie a texture and a feel which make it unique to Hollywood films of that era — and, wow, what a score (created by Leonard Bernstein) and what a cast were assembled! We will have Stacy Turner back onstage, which is a real treat for us, as she all but grew up with us here at the Roxy on the corner of Franklin and First.

Afterward it’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, which has been polished and perfected by the Saturday School of the Arts interns, along with the summer Parks and Rec children.

Both On The Town and Sleepy Hollow are available for daytime performances for school groups. On the Town is perfect for music students. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow — which deviates not a wit from Washington Irving’s original text (and although we love Johnny Depp, his film has little of nothing to do with Mr. Irving’s story of jealously, greed, pride, manipulation and a headless horseman) — makes a perfect field trip and Halloween treat.

By night, a revival of Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show returns for the third year. Funny, wild, slightly vulgar and way over the top, Rocky Horror has a following which has created a cultural phenomenon and a cult classic. Now experience the live show here at the Roxy with the returning Michael Spaziani as Dr. Frank N. Furter, Mickey Rafalski as Rocky, Elena Pascullo as Janet and Ryan Bowie as Riff Raff.

Tomorrow (Saturday) is our “Grease Cookout & Singalong,” during which those of you who know all the songs by heart can show off your vocal chops. The cookout starts at 6:30pm under the marquee, followed by our singalong performance at 8pm. Tickets are $40 (adults) and $25 (ages 13 and under).

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

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