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'Grease' Will Be Gone in January


Reporting this type of news is starting to get depressing: Playbill reports that the Tony-nominated Broadway revival of Grease will close Jan. 4, 2009. Grease is just the latest casualty in what has become a daily dose of bad news for Broadway, where other shows like Boeing Boeing, Hairspray, Spamalot, and several more have announced closing dates.

When it closes, Grease will have played 31 previews and 554 regular performances at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. The musical was nominated for a 2008 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical.

Grease producer Nick Scandalios in a statement:

"Grease has been a staple of theatrical entertainment and pop culture on stage and screen for over 30 years. It has been exceedingly rewarding to bring this iconic musical back to Broadway in a new production. The exuberance of our talented young company has been witnessed by the thousands of theatergoers who came from across the country to see a Broadway show, many for the first time. In these difficult economic times, the partners have decided to end our run on Broadway and focus our efforts on the first national tour, which successfully launched in Providence last night."

Taylor Hicks (American Idol) currently stars as Teen Angel in the national tour of Grease.

-- Daniel Lehman

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