While many have tried, no other movie musical has really reached the heights of success and cultural relevance achieved by Grease. It was not only the highest grossing movie of 1978 earning $188 million, but it is still the highest grossing movie musical of all time. It’s the quintessential tale of summer love, car races, poodle skirts and a good girl gone bad that danced from Broadway to the silver screen and into the hearts of musical fans everywhere. Sure, it’s a bit dated and is probably racier than you remember it being when you were a kid, but it still holds up as a classic.
While many years have passed since their days at Rydell High, John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John are still making weird music videos together and Fox is mounting a live production to air in January, so now is as good a time as any to go back to high school and revisit some of the crazy facts that surround the release and production of Grease.