Richard Gere in Grease

Richard Gere in Grease

In the days before he became a Hollywood star, Richard Gere spent some time working in London, in both theatre work and temporary jobs. He got his big break as greaser Danny Zuko in the 1973 London production of Grease. Grease with music, lyrics and book by Jim Jacobs & Warren Casey, opened off-Broadway in February 1972 to such a response that by the summer it was playing on Broadway. It satirised the dress, manners, morals and music of teenagers at the beginning of the rock and roll era. The plot revolves around the attraction between greaser Danny Zuko and the virtuous Sandy Dumbrowski and the 'makeover' that leads to their happy ending. The show's hits included 'Summer Nights', 'Greased Lightning', and 'You're the One that I Want'. Despite its huge Broadway and London success, the stage version of Grease can't compete with the enduring popularity of the 1978 film version starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton John.