It's been 40 years since Grease took over the world in , cementing it as one of the biggest and most loved musicals of all time. But what have the students of Rydell High been up to since then? Grab your T-bird jacket and let's find out Easily the biggest star to come from Grease , John had his breakthrough role with Saturday Night Fever the year before and continued his hot streak with Grease as hunk Danny.
Grease is a American musical romantic comedy film based on the musical of the same name by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. Written by Bronte Woodard  and directed by Randal Kleiser in his theatrical feature film debut, the film depicts the lives of greaser Danny Zuko and Australian transfer student Sandy Olsson who develop an attraction for each other. Released on June 16, , Grease was successful both critically and commercially, becoming the highest-grossing musical film ever at the time. In , the film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". Launching the franchise of the same name , a sequel, Grease 2 , was released in , starring Maxwell Caulfield and Michelle Pfeiffer as a newer class of greasers. Few of the original cast members reprised their roles.
Filming in hot California posed problems for the cast
Grease was a huge hit when it came out in and has since become an American classic. But when the movie was being filmed in , no one knew they were making what would become the highest-grossing American movie musical of the 20th century, including leads John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John , who weren't the initial choices to play high school sweethearts Danny and Sandy. You say 'Sandy and Danny' and people instantly know what you're talking about. However, the road to creating the now-classic movie was not an easy one — the right actors had to be found for each part, filming had to be accomplished in difficult conditions, songs were added to and removed from the film and personal dramas were confronted. Grease could've had very different cast members. Producer Allan Carr selected a porn star to portray Coach Calhoun until the studio objected Sid Caesar ended up in the role. Carrie Fisher and Marie Osmond were among those considered for the lead role of Sandy before Travolta suggested Newton-John, then a country singer , for the part. In , Travolta told People magazine what he'd said at the time, "There is only one person that should play this role and it's Olivia Newton-John…She's every guy's dream. However, Newton-John was reluctant to join the cast. A previous film of hers had flopped and she "was 29 and worried that I didn't look young enough" to portray high school student Sandy.
Watch the video. A musical about teens in love in the s. They spend time at the beach, and when they go back to school, what neither of them knows is that they both now attend Rydell High.