Sandy Dumbrowski, the new girl at school and Danny Zuko, the leader of the ‘T-Birds,’ had a brief love affair over the summer. Sandy recounts her version of the fling to the ‘Pink Ladies’ (Jan, Marty, Frenchy, and Betty Rizzo), while Danny tells the Boys (Roger, Doody, Sonny, and Kenickie) his rendition (Summer Nights). Sandy and Danny soon bump into each other at school, and while Sandy is happy to see him, he plays it cool. Meanwhile, the kids gather as Doody shows off his new guitar. The rock star wannabe gives an impromptu concert in the hall (Those Magic Changes).
At Marty’s pajama party, the girls experiment with wine, cigarettes, and pierced ears, and talk about boys. Rizzo teases Sandy and talks of what a standard ‘girl-next-door’ she is (Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee). Marty tells about her long-distance courtship with a Marine (Freddy, My Love). Meanwhile, the Burger Palace Boys are busy stealing hubcaps and teasing Kenickie about his new (used) car (Greased Lightning).
Danny sees Sandy again and tries to apologize for his behavior, but she is hurt to find out that he has told his friends that she is “easy.” Head cheerleader Patty Simcox interrupts to prompt Sandy to join the squad and to tease Danny about his latest indiscretions (Rydell Fight Song). The kids take their newfangled portable radios for a rock and roll picnic in the park and plan how they will pair off at the upcoming school prom, while Roger shares his love for Jan and his favorite hobby (Mooning). Sandy realizes that Danny is putting her off to be cool and wishes she had never met him.
Then Danny suggests that Marty go out with Eugene, and she chases after him. Act I ends with a spirited pledge of friendship (We Go Together).
Act two opens at the High School Hop, (Shakin’ At the High School Hop) while favorite radio DJ Vince Fontaine, is warming the kids up for the hand-jive dance contest (Born to Hand Jive). Kenickie dumps his blind date, Cha-Cha DiGregorio, and pairs up with Rizzo, Cha-Cha grabs the nearest man she can set her eyes upon, Danny, leaving Sandy to run out of the dance in upset, he tries to chase her but she brushes him off (Hopelessly Devoted To You).
A few days later at the Burger Palace after school, a couple of the guys run into Frenchy, who flunked out of Rydell and has now dropped out of beauty school (Beauty School Dropout). Danny, who has taken up track in order to win back Sandy’s affections, does not know that Cha-Cha’s boyfriend’s gang has challenged the guys to a rumble. He is more concerned about patching things up with Sandy at the Twi-Light Drive-In, but he moves too fast for her, and she leaves (Sandy). A couple of days later, the “greasers” are having a party at Star’s Record Store as Doody and Roger sing “Rock ‘n’ Roll Party Queen.” Rizzo is worried that she is pregnant, but she is so mad at Kenickie that she tells him he is not the father. Rizzo rejects the kids’ offers of help, especially Sandy’s (There Are Worse Things I Could Do). Sandy wonders what she needs to do to fit in at Rydell (Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee – Reprise).
The next time Sandy meets up with the Burger Palace Boys and the Pink Ladies, she has transformed herself into a greaser’s dream date (You’re The One That I Want). Rizzo reveals that she is not pregnant, and she and Kenickie reunite. All ends happily (We Go Together – Reprise).
VENUE: Duchess Theatre, Long Eaton
DATE: Monday 27th August - Saturday 1st September 2018