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"Grease" opens 62nd Music Circus season

By: Carol Feineman News Messenger Editor
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Know and Go: What: ?Grease? Music Circus production When: June 26 to July 1. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 2 p.m. Thursday and Saturday. Where: Wells Fargo Pavilion, 1419 H St., Sacramento Admission: $30 - $70 Tickets: 557-1999, online at tickets.com or in person at the Wells Fargo Pavilion Box Office. Information: SacramentoMusicCircus.com ?Grease? opens 62nd Music Circus season By Carol Feineman News Messenger Editor Brandon Albright wasn?t even around when the popular musical ?Grease? opened on Broadway in 1972. He was born 11 years later. Yet Albright, who plays Danny Zuko in Music Circus? current production of ?Grease,? understands why the musical is still going strong four decades later. ?I absolutely think it?s relevant,? Albright said last Friday. ??Grease? deals with issues still dealt with today, such as peer pressure, teen pregnancy and bullying.? ?Grease? takes place at Rydell High School in fall 1959. Innocent Sandy is shocked that her summer love, Danny, would rather hang out with his greaser friends, the Burger Palace Boys, than with her. Scenes include slumber parties to sock hops and still popular songs, including ?Summer Nights,? Greased Lightnin?? and ?You?re the One That I Want.? ?One kind of cool thing is with the bullying with Euguene, the nerdy character,? Albright said. ?We poke fun of him but then we put our arms around him and include him in our activities. Bullying is in the news a lot today; a lot of people get picked on and our director (Artistic Director Glenn Casale) wanted to make sure the picking on is not mean spirited. Because we?re still in high school and hard on each other but we?re willing to do everything for our best buddies.? ?Grease? is appropriate for all ages, according to Albright. ?The music - some people come just for the music and come away singing it. ?You?re the one I want? was added to the musical. ?We go together,? everyone loves. It?s fun music,? Albright said. ?They don?t make music like that any more, which is a shame. Music today doesn?t endure like this music. It?s the kind of music 7-year-olds will be bopping their heads and loving and 70-year-olds will too. Everyone will love it equally.? That?s high praise, considering Albright is a singer/songwriter from Las Vegas with two albums (brandonalbright.com) to his name. He recently performed on ABC?s ?Duets? with country superstar, Jennifer Nettles. Then there?s the dancing aspect to ?Grease.? ?We are dancing our butts off nonstop. We move every opportunity. It?s really, really a fun, time period appropriate, lots of lifts,? Albright said. ?It?s definitely a workout ? the greasers have our leather jackets but we?re still dancing. We wear knee pads and throw girls in the air. We?re definitely sweating.? And, four decades since ?Grease? debuted, the theme of friends sticking together, no matter what happens, never loses its appeal. ?It?s great music, great dancing, a message for true friendship and loyalty and friends who will be willing to do anything,? Albright said.