Had an awesome time at the ‘Meet n Grease’ movie sing-a-long in West Palm Beach, Florida, last night as Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta reunited to host the event.
As Travolta noted during the Q&A segment after the movie, it was the first time the duo had been in costume as “Danny” and “Sandy” since the film wrapped 42 years ago.
The sing-a-long version of the mega-hit movie musical has been around for years and a staple of outdoor venues during the summer. What I didn’t know was the promoters hand out props for audience participation.
During the pep rally sequence, every time you see the cheerleaders you wave a set of pompoms; there are bubbles to blow for “Beauty School Dropout;” and a racing flag to wave at the start of the penultimate drag race.
The promoters had one of the real Greased Lightning cars to take pics with, and Olivia & John (who wore a wig to look like his Danny Zuko character) posed for photos in a malt shop setting.
The three film T-Birds (Michael Tucci, Barry Pearl, and Kelly Ward) were also there taking pics and entertaining the audience.
The event moves to Tampa, Florida, tonight and then to Jacksonville on Sunday.
I understand there are talks to do more in the future with ONJ and JT across the country since the initial run has been so successful 🙂
Here are a few photos from the event, and if you click over to TMZ you can watch Travolta and ONJ sing a bit of “Sandy” and “Hopelessly Devoted To You” and a little ‘Greased Lightning’ dance action with audience members (including a certain blogger you might know…)
The most successful movie musical of all time – Grease – turns 40 this year and it’s easy to imagine a huge reunion must be in the works.
The film helped propel Grammy Award-winning pop-star Olivia Newton-John into a new stratosphere, and John Travolta, fresh off of, became a bona fide movie star.
According to reports, the 1978 blockbuster has been fully restored and given an extra twirl of hair grease to ensure it’s still the groundbreaking, uplifting, tuneful, systematic/hydromatic throwback to 50’s fun we’ve all come to know and love.
Word is the flick will be released across 94 Cineworld cinemas across the U.S. in April just in time for more “Summer Lovin.'”
So, who’s still “Hopelessly Devoted” to the massive retro-musical that never tires of reminding us “we go together?”
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First, we got the above pic via Instagram of Lady Gaga and Barbra Streisand on Saturday night.
Then the story becomes even more interesting as it appears Streisand and hubby James Brolin not only hosted Gaga but also John Travolta, his wife Kelly Preston, and writer/director Ryan Murphy (GLEE, American Horror Story).
E! News has learned that John Travolta sent Idina Menzel
a giant bouquet of flowers about a week and a half ago to formally
apologize for the snafu, which occurred onstage at the 86th Annual
Academy Awards when Travolta was introducing the actress-singer before
her performance of “Let It Go,” during which time he seemingly called the Frozen beauty “Adele Dazeem.”
sent her a big, gorgeous bouquet of flowers to her dressing room. It
was HUGE. It was his apology to her,” a source exclusively tells E!
Travolta sent the flowers to Menzel at the location of her new musical on Broadway, If/Then, at the Richard Rogers Theatre in New York.
The past two days have been full of jokes and laughs at the expense of John Travolta after he butchered Idina Menzel’s name during the introduction to perform the Oscar winning song “Let It Go” from FROZEN.
It turns out the public isn’t alone on the subject. Travolta told E! News that he wasn’t very happy about the incident himself:
“I’ve been beating myself up all day,” the Be Cool star said in a statement to E! News. “Then I thought…What would Idina Menzel say? She’d say, ‘Let it go, let it go!’ Idina is incredibly talented and I am so happy Frozen took home two Oscars Sunday night!”
Word is Travolta was just fine during rehearsals on Saturday. So who knows what happened?
Idina apparently wasn’t thrown by the flub. E! News says a source said she hugged Travolta backstage after singing. “The Oscars were a dream come true for Idina,” the source said. “She wasn’t going to let anything get in the way of that.”
And yesterday, she tweeted, “Still pinching myself over my entire #Oscars experience. Dream come true.”
While much was made of John Travolta’s flub of an introduction for Idina Menzel’s performance last night on the Oscars, I did want to say that I’ve read several reports that Travolta is dyslexic, which would explain some of his bad read of the teleprompter.
That being said, you have to wonder how much he practiced knowing he would be introducing the Broadway star.
In any case, it’s not a big deal in the light of day. Although, Travolta’s 1970s TV persona makes an appearance in this mash-up addressing the mistake.
Travolta hasn’t commented on the slip, but I’m betting he has a sense of humor about the whole thing.