Sing-Along Grease (1978)
There’s no time like Tampa Theatre’s Summer Classics movie series to watch a movie about maybe the most famous summer romance ever. There’s probably a lot to be said about why the late 1970s was so obsessed with the teen life of the 1950s, but Grease is an apotheosis of those ‘50s youth culture movies. Based on a hit Broadway musical and full of catchy songs (the soundtrack was the second-best selling album of 1978, right behind the soundtrack of Saturday Night Fever. Has anybody ever had a better year than John Travolta’s 1978?), Grease elevates the teenage high-school romance of greaser Danny (Travolta) and prim Australian Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) as they navigate their respective cliques to Hollywood perfection. It’s a little corny, and it’s a little campy, just like a good musical should be. But it’s also unforgettable.
Grease was the top most-nominated film in this year’s “Fans Pick the Classic” poll, and it went on to easily win the final vote among the top three. Yes, we could have just shown the film and called it an afternoon, but dang, you people love sing-alongs. And who are we to argue? Come on out, follow the lyrics on the screen, and sing along to all your favorite songs that bring back memories of “those Suhhh-uhhh-mer…. Niiii-hiiiiights!
The Summer Classics Movie Series is presented by Bank of America. Additional support is provided by J.J. Taylor Distributing, Florida, Inc., New Belgium Brewing, and WEDU-PBS.