KARACHI: Made for Stage Production with support from Theatrical Rights Worldwide announced to present Nida Butt's production of Warren Casey's and Jim Jacobs' 'Grease'- the musical.
This was announced by Nida Butt, while addressing a press conference held at MAD School on Friday.
Grease is remembered for its music, when rock and roll was the rage in America, it's ode to young love and passion people have for their cars. The cars used in Grease stand iconic to this day. Everyone remembers the 1948 Ford Convertible.
Helix the brand is about proud drivers who love their cars who use Shell Helix to protect what they love most. In bringing Grease and Helix together, we look to build Helix's brand equity and give the car lovers of Karachi a celebrated blast from the past.
The production features Ayesha Omar as Sandy, Ahmed Ali as Danny, and Sanam Saeed as Rizzo. Made for Stage Productions is the same company that had brought the award winning Karachi - The Musical, Chicago, Mamma Mia, Carnage and the Pillowman.
Grease is no stranger to quite a few people in Pakistan and many still recall the hugely successful 1978 hit, deemed a classic and in United States, the no 1 highest-grossing musical to date, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. Grease has also had a an impressive stage history with the original Broadway production breaking records with a run of 3,338 performances, and it remains Broadway's 14th longest running show to date.
The play depicts high-school teenage shenanigans, transcending the 1950s era with a timeless musical appeal, all too vivid through live music and dance. An evergreen storyline with replication of the original Broadway choreography will entail.
The Grease film had been nominated for one Oscar and five Golden Globe awards and had won two peoples' Choice awards. The original Grease play at Broadway had been nominated for seven Tony awards and had won two Drama Desk awards and a Theater World award.
Grease is being directed by Nida Butt, who has worked as an actor, choreographer and director for her company Made for Stage Productions since 2007.
Nida Butt further added, "Broadway is finally coming home. Made for Stage Productions is proud to have obtained the license for the Grease franchise. It is a momentous step and hope it sets a precedent for other theater companies as well to go the extra mile, but stage production legally in the future. Pakistan theater industry will only grow and develop once the stakeholders make responsible decisions. Grease has been a dream project - equally challenging and exhilarating. We are working with a super talented cast and a dedicated team who are working night and day to bring Grease, a show the audience will never forget."
Show will be held at Arts Council from Thursday, January 16, till Sunday, February 2.
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