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    May 25, 2023
    – Timber Lake Playhouse (TLP), the premier professional summer theatre of northwest Illinois, is thrilled to announce that GREASE is scheduled to open the Summer Mainstage Season at TLP on June 1.
    GREASE is a rock n’ roll high school musical celebration of growin’ up, cruisin’ with friends and goin’ steady. TLP’s production will feature songs from the smash hit 1978 motion picture including “Sandy,” the Academy Award nominated song “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” and “You’re the One That I Want” both of which were #1 hits on the Billboard Top 100 list. These songs will be heard in addition to the songs made famous by the original stage production including “Summer Nights,” “Greased Lightnin’” and “We Go Together.”
    “We have been waiting for GREASE to become available for TLP to produce for several years,” said TLP Executive Director Dan Danielowski. “When our first choice for the 2023 opening show wasn’t available, we tried one more time to get GREASE and were successful.” 
    TLP’s production of GREASE is directed and choreographed by Daniel Gold with music direction by Oliver Townsend.  The production features scenic design by Dan Danielowski, lighting design by Dylan Carter and sound design by Tyler Malone. Chelsey Steinmetz will return as Production Stage Manager.
    GREASE™ originated in Chicago and made its premiere at The Kingston Mines Theater in 1971 before making its New York premiere off-Broadway at the Eden Theatre on February 14, 1972. After 128 sold-out performances, the show made the transition to Broadway taking up residence at the Broadhurst Theatre on June 7, 1972. GREASE was nominated for seven Tony Awards in its spectacular initial run. On November 21, 1972, the show moved to the Royale Theatre before making its final transfer on January 20, 1980 to the Majestic Theatre. It closed as the longest running show in Broadway history after playing 3,388 performances. In 1978, GREASE became a hugely popular feature film starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John in the lead roles.
    Get out your leather jackets and pull on your bobby socks with Rydell High's senior class of 1959. It’s a great time to come back to Timber Lake Playhouse and make lasting memories with friends and family. Information and tickets for all Timber Lake events are available online at www.timberlakeplayhouse.org or by calling the Box Office at (815) 244-2035. The Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 until 5:00.
    Timber Lake Playhouse – Where Memories are Made

    Dan Danielowski, Executive Director
    dan@timberlakeplayhouse.org, (815) 244-2048