Grease National Tour

First National Tour

Grease is a 1971 musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey with additional songs written by John Farrar. Named after the 1950s United States working-class youth subculture known as greasers, the musical is set in 1959 at fictional Rydell High School (based on Chicago, Illinois' William Howard Taft School). The second Broadway revival, directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall, opened on August 19, 2007. The creative team for this new production of Grease featured scenic design by Tony Award nominee Derek McLane (The Pajama Game), costume design by two-time Tony Award-winner Martin Pakledinaz (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Kiss Me Kate), lighting design by Tony Award nominee Kenneth Posner (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Wicked) and sound design by Brian Ronan (Spring Awakening, The Pajama Game). Danny and Sandy were cast via viewer votes cast during the run of the NBC reality series Grease: You're the One that I Want!. The original score includes four songs written for the film adaptation: "Hopelessly Devoted to You", "Sandy", "You're the One That I Want", and the title number. The Broadway production ended on January 4, 2009 after 31 previews and 554 performances

The U.S. national tour began on December 2, 2008 in Providence, Rhode Island and closed on May 23, 2010 at the Palace Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio. Taylor Hicks reprised his role as the Teen Angel after playing the part on Broadway, with Eric Schneider as Danny and Emily Padgett as Sandy. Lauren Ashley Zakrin replaced Emily Padgett as Sandy in October and Ace Young joined the tour as Danny on December 1, 2009.


 

Working with Production Electrician Jimmy Fedigan, I oversaw 2 touring electricians and a local crew of 12 to move this production to a new city each week. I personally dealt with the dimming and control interfaces in every city as well as focusing the moving lights, advancing future cities, dealing with a budget, ordering supplies, and making sure the lighting department was running smoothly. Also, with the blessings of Lighting Designer Ken Posner, I conceptualized and programmed two additional encore performances for Platinum Recording Artist and American Idol, Taylor Hicks who was headlining at "Teen Angel" in the touring production.