Grease is one of the most loved musicals of all time, but director Lisel Forst hopes its latest production at the Capitol Theatre reveals how relevant it still is.
The show, which opens Thursday and runs six times through Sunday, is still set in the 1959 at Rydell High and features all the tunes like Summer Nights and Hopelessly Devoted To You that helped it become a classic.
But Forst says Grease is also a different play when viewed in 2018.
“I feel like, especially the play is written, it really is a teenagers coming of age story through their sexuality,” she said. “I feel like that’s an interesting topic to be playing with given what’s happening with men and women’s sexuality in the MeToo movement in this day and age.
“It in a way mirrors that, this coming out of what we know now, who are we and who do we want to go into the world and be? That’s what these teenagers are discovering.”
Forst adhered to the original 1971 script, which includes bullying and racial comments. She said it was a difficult decision to stick with those pieces.
“But at the same time we are looking back at the piece, and it’s a way for us to see how far we’ve come,” said Forst. “We don’t speak like that anymore, we don’t treat people the same way that we used to, and our journey to find ourselves is different because of what these people went through and did and discovered of themselves.”
Grease runs Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. Two shows run at 1:30 and 7:30 on Saturday and Sunday.