I did not watch the live-on-TV version of “Grease” last night (always found the material beyond “meh”). But this review among others reminded me of something I had forgotten for many, many years.
“Hey, stupid, you’ve never heard the pre-whitewashed version of this musical. You used to be aware that the movie really watered down the original presentation. That it was a satire of too-cozy ’70s nostalgia for the ’50s.”
Yes, that remains something I need to know about. So I’ve ordered a cheapo copy and again we will see, or rather, hear.
PS: It astonished me how hard it was to find any extended direct commentary on the original production of “Grease”. No wonder it’s all but forgotten. Here’s the best I could track down.