Grease Is the Word
A bunch of stuff happened since my last one -- I stuck my toes in the sand at Clearwater Beach, I binged on Making a Murderer like the rest of America, I went to Google's offices, and I got stuck in LA thanks to snowstorm Jonas. But tonight, I'm finally feeling inspired by the most amazing thing to happen all year.
I'm speaking, of course, of Grease Live.
Is there anything better on the planet than Grease? If there is, I don't know it. My love affair with the gang from Rydell High started at the ripe age of 5. I had a red record player and Grease (double album set) was on repeat.
Sure, I didn't understand most of it. When Kenickie talked about his 25 cent insurance policy, I fully thought he was talking about his car. And the hickie he gave Rizzo, I heard it as "pinkie" -- as in pinkie swear. I also thought Danny Zuko had "shoes" that were multiplying.
It wasn't until I was in college that I understood how suggestive the lyrics actually are.
And now the kids will be all confused again because they scrubbed Greased Lightnin' up for TV so the chicks will "scream." And they're building a "dream" wagon.
Yeah, that's it.
Oddly, they left, "Did she put up a fight?" in Summer Nights. Eh, whatevs, I always thought it was, "Did she tell me I'm right?" anyway.
So, I've seen this movie at least 100 times. Every time it's on, I get sucked in. Every. Single. Time. I even own Grease 2 without a trace of irony. Cool Rider is the shit.
(FOX, you listening? You're waaaay better at these live musicals than NBC. G2 next, mkay?)
As I type this, my mom and I are watching this extravaganza together on the phone -- she's in FL and I'm in NJ. I've been waiting for MONTHS to see this -- I even Greased Myself. I might be the most annoying person in the world to watch Grease with because I play along with every line, song, and move.
I was born to hand jive.
Incidentally, I may never recover that the sound went out while Joe Jonas was doing his best Sha-Na-Na doing their best Johnny Casino & the Gamblers. But Jan Brady in here as Mrs. Murdock makes it all better.
And here's a tasty bit of trivia: You know that Danny Meyer burger chain we all go crazy for? Shake Shack? Named after the ride in Grease.
So, Beauty School Dropouts, I can't be the only superfan. Channel your inner Pink Lady or T-Bird below!
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