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"Grease" is the word when it comes to my favorite musical past-time. But the question is, what was it about the rock and roll era in the 50s that influenced the writers of this stage musical turned movie? Also, how did this type of film affect the popular culture of the past and of today? That is the basis of this paper….
Grease began as a five-hour long amateur show presented in a Chicago trolley barn in the summer of 1971 and eventually made Broadway. The film version of "Grease" began almost immediately. It debuted in 1978, becoming the biggest grossing movie musical in film history. Its eight-year run made Broadway history and put it among today's most popular musicals.
Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey wrote the book, music and
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Where the principals and teachers are inept and students rebel with little or no consequence. A pep rally and a school bonfire provide the scene for school spirit. Fake I.D.'s, sleepovers and making out in the backseat of cars bring the whole high school scene to life. The last day of school is a celebration with a carnival. We have all had that fantasy.
"Grease" takes us to a simpler time in history…a more innocent time, when kids didn't have to wear bullet-proof vests to school It reminds us of an innocence lost, even with sex and cigarettes, it ignites a desire in viewers to return to days when life was easier and dances settled the score. "Grease" has influenced us as a modern day era to respect the times of the past...Grasp their entertainment, realize that these times are still alive. If we still believe in our musical and moral past, we can move forward as a culture, realizing that our roots are still strong and that life with music and a down to earth story can live to entertain and influence generations to come.


Diggs, Barbara. "America's First Teenagers: Youth in the Fifties.", September, 2005, 26 July, 2007

Ernest, Phillip H.: "The Seventh Stream: The Emergence of Rock n Roll in American Popular Music", University Press of New England.

Freiman, Barry. "Grease is the Word", 1999 27 July, 2007

Green, Stanley: "The World


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