Dig Deeper - Rebels, Rock and Revolution

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Grease, in all it's original raw and gritty glory, opens this Friday at Lyric Arts Main Street Stage!  In his book Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll and Musical Theatre, Scott Miller describes Grease's place in the evolution of musical theatre and pop culture in America... "Grease is a show about repression versus freedom in American sexuality, about the clumsy, tentative, but clearly emerging sexual freedom of the late 1950s, seen through the lens of the middle of the Sexual Revolution in the 1970s. It’s about the near carnal passion 1950s teenagers felt for their rock and roll, the first art form that actually changed human sexuality...

Record companies were releasing more than a hundred singles every week and the country was about to explode. Grease, generally considered a trivial little musical about The Fabulous Fifties, is really the story of  America’s tumultuous crossing over from the 50s to the 60s, throwing over repression and tradition for freedom and adventure (and a generous helping of cultural chaos), a time when the styles and culture of the disengaged and disenfranchised became overpowering symbols of teenage power and autonomy.”