GREASE

Dates: June 8 – 18 

Style:
Musical | Drama
Run Time:
2 Hours and 15 minutes with one intermission
Ages: 9 and up (Mild Adult Themes)

(There is no official rating system for live theatre. We invite you to use your own judgment.)

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Show Summary

Book, Music and Lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey

Dust off your leather jackets, pull on your bobby-socks and take a trip to a simpler time as Danny and Sandy fall in love all over again.

Here is Rydell High’s senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding “Burger Palace Boys” and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking “Pink Ladies” in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical. Head “greaser” Danny Zuko and new girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the high romance of their “Summer Nights” as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through such songs as “Greased Lightnin’,” “It’s Raining on Prom Night,” “Alone at the Drive-In Movie”.

So throw your mittens around your kittens and hand jive the night away with the show that’ll make you want to stand up and shout, ‘A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop, a-wop-bam-boom!

“A lively and funny musical-as well as the dancingest one in town. It’s a winner […] the songs are dandies [that portray] the early rockers with zip and charm. The sheer energy of Grease carries all before it.” – New York Daily News

Grease is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company

Meet the Actors & Crew

Andrew Alstat
'Danny Zuko'


Andrew is hand jiving onto the Cape Playhouse stage for the first time and is so excited to be a part of this timeless show. Recent credits include The Sound of Music (Rolf), Footloose (Chuck Cranston) and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at The MUNY. Other credits: The Rocky Horror Show (Rocky), Legally Blonde (Emmett) and Anything Goes (Billy Crocker). BFA CCM 2020. Thank you to my wife Bailee, my parents, and my awesome agents at CESD. IG:@a12tat

Chris Collins-Pisano
'Roger'


Chris is over the moon to be at Cape Playhouse! National Tour: Elf (NETworks ’18). Off-Broadway: Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation (York Theatre Co., The Triad), Friends! The Musical Parody (St. Luke’s Theater). Regional: Fountain of You (The Z), Forbidden Broadway, Flashdance (Gateway Playhouse), I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change! (St. Michael’s Playhouse) Grease (Engeman Theater), Saturday Night Fever (Westchester Broadway Theater). Proud Bearcat. So much love and thanks to the cast and crew here at Cape Playhouse, The Justice League, and the Collins-Pisano Clan!

J. Daughtry
'Teen Angel'


J is a Graduate of Bethune Cookman University is a Theatrical, Gospel and R&B singer and Actor on both stage and screen. From his humble beginnings in Bartow, Florida, his gift has taken him all over the world singing backup for several R&B and Gospel Artist that include the Billboard Charting and Grammy nominated “Anthony Brown and Group TherAPy, Patti LaBelle, Donald Lawrence, Bobby Jones Gospel and Kirk Franklin. He has appeared on Broadway in Shows including Ain’t Too Proud…, The Color Purple and Beautiful the Musical. He has toured with shows such as Cirque du Soleil, Motown the Musical, and Miss Saigon.

Rick Faugno
'Vince Fontaine'


Rick has performed across the country, at every major theater, from Carnegie Hall to the Kennedy Center, from the Chicago Theater to San Francisco’s Curran. He began his professional career at age 12, when he made his Broadway debut in The Will Rogers Follies. He was last seen on Broadway in Kiss Me Kate, his 7th Broadway show, for which he was nominated for a Chita Rivera Award. He is also the recipient of a Fred Astaire Award for Roundabout’s On The 20th Century, and a Best Singer Award for the role of Frankie Valli, in the original Las Vegas production of Jersey Boys. He recently completed a workshop production of Susan Stroman’s new Broadway-bound musical. He has been seen on TV in: The Newsroom, The Following, America’s Got Talent, Conan O’Brien and more. He received the Best Performance award, at the Orlando Film Festival, for his role in the film Virgin Alexander. He performs his award-winning one man show around the world, on major cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean, Crystal, Viking and others. Follow him on Instagram and check out his many performance videos on YouTube.

Vince Fazzolini
'Eugene'


Vince is so excited to be making his Cape Playhouse debut in Grease. He is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University. WE ARE! Favorite roles include Moritz in Spring Awakening and Aaron in First Date. Endless gratitude to his wife Christina. He also wants to thank his family, friends and JZ Casting for all their support. Instagram @VinceFazzolari

Anissa Griego
'Marty'


Anissa is stoked to be joining the cast of Grease at The Cape Playhouse this summer. Previous credits include Brooke Wyndam in Legally Blonde: ASU Lyric Opera, and Teresita in West Side Story: Phoenix Theater Company. BIG thanks to her amazing team at DGRW (Matt, Kat, Kaitlin, and Nia) for being the hardest working agency in the whole darn business, and of course to all her family and friends – I’m inspired by you every day, and love you to all to the moon and back!

Danielle Hope
'Rizzo'


West End: The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy, London Palladium); Les Miserables (Eponine, Queens Theatre); White Christmas (Betty Haynes, Dominion Theatre); Snow White (Snow White, London Palladium); The Last Five Years (Cathy, Greenwich Theatre) Regional: Rock of Ages! (Sherrie, UK National Tour) Grease (Sandy, National Tour); The Sound of Music (Maria, UK National Tour); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Narrator, UK National Tour) Television: BBC’s ‘Over the Rainbow’ (Winner/Dorothy). Dedicating these performances to the late T. Parker, who will always be the ‘Danny’ to my ‘Sandy’. Special thanks to my manager Rochel Saks at SAKS&, and family and ‘Mayne’ for your unwavering support. @Daniellehope26

Ann-Ngaire Martin
'Miss Lynch'


Ann-Ngaire is so thrilled to return to the Cape Playhouse as Ms. Lynch. The last time she was here was as Sandy! Time flies. Broadway: Patti Simcox in Grease. Off-Broadway: On The Swing Shift (MTC). Understudied Ellen Greene as Audrey in Little Shop Of Horrors. National tours: Martha Watson US in White Christmas, Sandy in Grease, Lily St. Regis in Annie. Regional theatre: Marge in The Bridges of Madison County, Gladys in Memphis, Dotty in Noises Off, Ida in You Never Know, Tessie in Gypsy, Maggie Jones in 42nd Street, Milly Bailey in It’s A Wonderful Life, Sweet Sue in Sugar and Mrs. Fezziwig in A Christmas Carol.

Brooke Martino
'Cha Cha'


Brooke is beyond excited to be making her Cape Playhouse debut! Favorite past credits include: A Christmas Story, National Tour, A Chorus Line, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Rent, tick, tick… BOOM!, Hairspray, Catch Me if You Can, and 42nd Street. Thanks to my friends, family, and Pawel for their never-ending love and support. #brookeisgramless Ballchange!

JJ Niemann
'Doody'


JJ is thrilled to be making his Cape Playhouse debut with this wonderful cast and team! JJ is a NYC-based Broadway actor and content creator. Broadway: The Book of Mormon. Select regional credits: the World Premiere of BLISS at The 5th Avenue Theatre; Footloose at The Rev Theatre Co.; Hairspray at The Muny; Shrek, Damn Yankees, South Pacific at Pittsburgh CLO; and the TikTok musicals for you, Paige and Ratatouille. Proud BFA Music Theatre grad of Elon University. Huge thanks to the team at Cape Playhouse, my agents at CGF Talent, Paul at Select Management Group, and my incredible family. Connect with JJ on Instagram or TikTok @jjniemann. Enjoy the show!

Lucy Rhoades
'Patty Simcox'


LUCY RHOADES (Patty Simcox) is thrilled to be making her Cape Playhouse debut! Recent credits include The Producers (The Palace Theatre), A Charlie Brown Christmas (at The Palladium Times Square), Salem (Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals), Mamma Mia (Interlakes Summer Theatre), and Guys and Dolls (The Monomoy Theatre). Special thanks to The Hartt School, friends and family, and the entire Cape Playhouse team. @lucyrhoades, www.lucyrhoades.com

Brooke Shapiro
'Jan'


Brooke is excited to return to the Cape Playhouse where she was last seen in Spelling Bee. Brooke was recently in the world premiere of Punk Rock Girl! and has performed and associate directed Off-Broadway and at various theaters around the country including Goodspeed Musicals, North Shore Music Theater, Zach Theatre, and more! Much love to her family & friends and DGRW for their endless support. www.brooke-shapiro.com @brookierookie3 “You are enough.” -KG

Ellie Smith
'Sandy'


Ellie is absolutely thrilled to be making her Cape Playhouse debut! Theatrical credits include Eponine in Les Miserables at Artemus Hamm Concert Hall, (Broadway World Award winner for Best Supporting Actress) Gretchen Wagner in the pre-Broadway workshop of In The Light, Chess at Pioneer Theatre, two seasons at Tuacahn Amphitheater, and a season at the Utah Shakespeare Festival starring in The Secret Garden. Look for her as Mira in the feature film “Miracle Valley” coming to theaters this fall. Ellie can also be seen co-starring in season 9 episode 11 of CBS’s hit “Blue Bloods.” A survivor of the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, she took home the top talent award as Miss Nevada. Love and gratitude to her family, Jack, and Avalon Artists Group. Visit www.elliesmith.com and @elliesmith on Instagram.

Christopher Tamayo
'Sonny'


Christopher is a performer and multi-instrumentalist, Christopher Tamayo is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan B.F.A. Musical Theatre program, holding a Minor in Musical Theatre Composition. He has performed across the country and with several U-M organizations, most recently collaborating with the University Musical Society (UMS) and their concert rendition of Fiddler on the Roof with the Philadelphia Orchestra, directed by Sarna Lapine and music directed by Andy Einhorn. In addition to live performance, Christopher also takes a keen interest in music production and voiceover work. All the love and gratitude goes out to his friends and family for allowing him the opportunity to sing, dance, and play every day. www.christopherjamestamayo.com

Salisha Thomas
'Frenchy'


Salisha is excited to make her Cape Playhouse debut! Recent credits include the 1st National Tour and Broadway companies of Beautiful the Carole King Musical and the new Britney Spears musical: Once Upon a One More Time at Shakespeare Theater Company. Selected Regional credits include Trevor the Musical, Dreamgirls, Once On This Island. Salisha is a former vocalist for Disneyland and former Miss California and is currently the host of two podcasts on the Broadway Podcast Network: Black Hair in the Big Leagues and The Salisha Show. Read her blog at www.SalishaThomas.com. IG @salishathomas. Love to God, Daniel Hoff Agency, mom and papa, and her fiancé Andrew!

Sean Watkinson
'Kenickie'


Sean is thrilled to be making his Cape Playhouse debut with Grease!! Regional favorites include: SIGNATURE: Billy Elliot, Rent, Beaches, Gypsy, Miss Saigon. ROUNDHOUSE: Spring Awakening (Moritz); George Street: Last Days of Summer; Lyric Theater of Oklahoma: Newsies (Jack Kelly) Freaky Friday (Adam), When You Wish (Bert), West Side Story. Education: BFA Florida State University. Special thanks to everyone at The Cape, CTG, and all my family and friends. @seanwatkinson

Joyce Chittick
Director


Joyce’s association with Grease dates back to NBC’s competition reality show ‘Grease: ‘You’re The One That I Want! that launched the careers of Laura Osnes (Sandy) and Max Crumm (Danny) and worked alongside the 3 onscreen judges, including the creator/writer of Grease, Jim Jacobs. After serving as Associate for the Broadway revival in 2007 that starred the winners of the reality show, Joyce went on to rechoreograph and restage two national tours of Grease. At The Cape Playhouse, Joyce directed the 2019 production of A Chorus Line during an unprecedented year where Mother Nature wreaked havoc on the Cape with 3 tornados! Miraculously, the Playhouse was able to keep the lights on and the curtain up, and the show never missed a beat. Prior to that fun filled summer, Joyce choreographed South Pacific at the Playhouse. Other notable credits include, Associate Choreographer for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on Broadway and restaging and choreographing companies in Japan, Australia and US National Tours along with directing nationally televised performances of ‘Beautiful’ on ‘America’s Got Talent’, ‘Dancing With The Stars’ and ‘A Capitol Fourth 2019’ on PBS, starring Carole King herself. For over 20 years Joyce was a performer on Broadway before hanging up her lashes and heels to direct and choreograph. She has been lucky to work closely with many legends and stars including, Julie Andrews, Joel Grey, Natasha Richardson, Alan Cumming, Harry Connick Jr, Rosie O’Donnell, Brooke Shields, Sarah Jessica Parker, Rob Marshall, Susan Stroman, Kathleen Marshall, Sam Mendes, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Sutton Foster, to name a few.

Rick Faugno
Choreographer


As a dancer and performer, Rick has worked with some of the greatest names in Broadway history, including: Tommy Tune, Cy Coleman, Comden and Green, Herb Gardner, Daniel Sullivan, Ann Reinking, Gwen Verdon, Graciela Daniele, Julie Andrews, Gillian Lynne, Kathleen Marshall, Jack O’Brien, Jerry Mitchell, Des McAnuff, Scott Ellis, Donna McKechnie, Wayne Cilento, Warren Carlyle, Susan Stroman and many others. As a choreographer, he strives to bring the essence of what he has learned from these Broadway greats to whatever project he’s working on. While performing has always been his first love, he often finds himself creating steps for dancers and movers of all skills and backgrounds. This year, he created dance pieces both for the competition dance circuit, as well as for the renowned Maine State Ballet. He has also worked simultaneously as a performer and a choreographer at the Ivoryton Playhouse. He often teaches dance at many locations including studios, conservatories, colleges and other institutions where he is constantly creating new movement and dance numbers. This is his second time at Cape Playhouse, having reimagined much of the choreography for A Chorus Line in 2017. He is thrilled to be back again, collaborating with Grease! director, Joyce Chittick, who also happens to be his wife and the mother of his 8 year old daughter, Lena.

Garrett Taylor
Music Director


Garrett is pleased to be returning for his fifth summer at The Cape Playhouse having previously conducted Gypsy (2017), South Pacific (2018) and A Chorus Line (2019). He is known for being a multifaceted performer, pianist, conductor, and orchestrator. Garrett has performed and conducted across Europe, at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Papermill Playhouse, The Fulton Theater, The Engeman, The Gateway, as well as numerous national tours and Broadway shows including over 14 years on the music team of Wicked on Broadway. When residing in New York City, he operates a busy voice studio with many Broadway performers and promising singers. He has worked at NYU, Manhattan School of Music, Marymount, Queens College, and AMDA. www.garrett-taylor.com

Ryan Howell
Scenic Designer


Ryan last designed Altar Boyz at the Cape Playhouse and is thrilled to be back opening the season with Grease. Ryan’s additional credits include: Off-Broadway: Pretty Hunger, Teenage Dick (The Public Theatre), Adoration of the Old Woman (INTAR), Polkadots (Atlantic Theater Company). Regional: A Few Good Men, School Girls: Or The African Mean Girls Play (Pittsburgh Public Theater), Lights Out: Nat King Cole (The Geffen Playhouse), The Magic Flute (Opera Theater Saint Louis), Ariadne Aux Naxos (Cincinnati Opera), Loving vs. Virginia (Williamstown Theater Festival), Evita, Newsies, Annie, The Little Mermaid (Westport Country Playhouse), Little Shop of Horrors, The Last Five Years (ACT of CT) , Idomeneo (WolfTrap Opera), Ragtime (Serenbe Playhouse); Dreamgirls, The Legend of Georgia McBride, Matilda, A Gentleman’s Guide…, Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, Rock of Ages, Hand to God, Lifespan of a Fact (Playhouse on the Square) ; Broadway (Associate): Latin History for Morons (Studio 54), Eclipsed (The Golden Theater); Broadway (Assistant): Hadestown (Walter Kerr Theater), Paradise Square (Ethel Barrymore Theater); Film/TV: (Asst. Art Director): HBO/ Succession – Season 3, Netflix/ Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt- Season 2, Showtime / The Affair – Season 2, Fox / Gotham – Season 5. Website: http:www.ryanmhowell.com / Instagram: @ryanmhowell

DW
Costume Designer


DW is happy to be returning to the Cape, having previously designed Murder for Two, and is excited to be designing Grease and An American in Paris. Theatrical work has appeared regionally across the country. NYC design credits include NYMF, NYC FRINGE, Theatre Row, The Mint, Cherry Lane, APAC, Prospect Theatre Company, Gallery Players, The Gym @ Judson Church, etc… Broadway Associate & Assistant Credits include: RACE, Everyday Rapture, The Threepenny Opera, The Apple Tree, The Wedding Singer, and R&H’s Cinderella (2014 Tony for Best Costumes). Styled Gotta Dance! for Broadway.com. Guest stylist for The Skivvies. Resident Designer at the New York Film Academy and The Actor’s Studio Drama School. Co-Founder of The Costume Studio NYC, a non-profit costume shop space. the costumestudionyc.org

Tommy Kurzman
Wig Designer

Travis McHale
Lighting Designer


Travis is thrilled to return to the Cape Playhouse, previously designing South Pacific. Recent designs include Is There Still Sex In The City? and #DateMe (off-Broadway), and six inaugural shows on the new Regent Seven Seas Splendor for Norwegian Cruise Lines. Travis has designed extensively in regional theatre for Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Bucks County Playhouse, Capital Repertory, Northern Stage, Theatre Aspen, Westport Country Playhouse, Weston Theatre Company, among others. In NYC he designs off-Broadway, for NY Fashion Week and at Carnegie Hall. On Broadway, Travis has been an associate lighting designer for 11 shows and tours, including Sunset Boulevard and Something Rotten! Faculty: State University of New York at New Paltz. Member: United Scenic Artists Local USA 829. www.travismchale.com

Brett Orenstein
Sound Designer and Sound Supervisor


Brett is delighted to be making his debut with The Cape Playhouse. Recent credits include working as the Audio supervisor for the Mark Morris Dance Group, Qlab Programmer for Houses on the Moon’s Off-Broadway debut of the play Superhero, and being an assistant recording engineer at Big Orange Sheep in Brooklyn New York. Brett has a Bachelor of Music from Shenandoah Conservatory in Music Production and Recording Technology and has recently worked with the amazing choreographer Warren Adams. More at www.brettorenstein.com

Natalie Hratko
Production Stage Manager


Natalie is currently touring with HOME (Beth Morrison Projects), And So We Walked, and ON BECKETT (Octopus Theatricals). She is the Production Stage Manager for Sammy Miller and The Congregation. Other credits: Ballet Idaho, Ballet Met, Tulsa Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Underground Railroad Game, The Lucky Ones, KPOP, The Wildness: Sky Pony’s Rock Fairy Tale, (Ars Nova) By the Water (MTC), Oh, Hello! (Cherry Lane Theatre), Complexions Contemporary Ballet, The Ailey School, Scenes From A Marriage (NYTW), In Your Arms (NYSAF). Co-Creator of First Fittings, handmade baby clothing. www.firstfittings.com

Jessica Kate Matthews
Assistant Stage Manager


Off-Broadway: Little Shop of Horrors (Off-Broadway Revival), In The Green, Nantucket Sleigh Ride, Love’s Labour’s Lost; REGIONAL: An Act of God, Singin’ In The Rain, The Merchant of Venice, Cowgirls: The Musical, Deathtrap, A Streetcar Named Desire, Little Shop of Horrors; NATIONAL TOURS: Seussical, We the People, Click, Clack, Moo, Junie B. Jones; WORKSHOPS & READINGS: Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab 2018, At The Wedding, Epiphany, True North, Hi, My Name Is Ben. BFA Point Park University. Jessica is the Artistic Director of On Broadway: Performing Arts Training Program. On Broadway is based out of Riverside Church in New York City and provides theatrical training and mentorship to students ages 7-17. Visit www.onbroadway-patp.com to see how you can support the next generation of artists.

JZ Casting
Geoff Josselson, CSA and Katja Zarolinski, CSA


JZ CASTING are New York-based casting directors, handling productions for theatre, film and television. Recent theatrical work includes productions for Arena Stage, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Baltimore Center Stage, Cape Playhouse, Denver Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Irish Repertory Theatre, Merrimack Rep, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Paper Mill Playhouse, Pittsburgh CLO, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Round House Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Theaterworks Hartford, Weston Playhouse. For more information, please visit www.jz-casting.com to see how you can support the next generation of artists.

Leigh Zimmerman
Intimacy Director


Leigh is an Olivier Award-winning entertainment industry professional with 30+ years of in-depth knowledge and experience in live theater, film, and television in the US and UK. Informed by her extensive and accomplished work as a professional actor, singer, dancer, and educator, Leigh specializes in the crafted delivery of consent-based, trauma-informed practices to develop, teach, and stage theatrical intimacy and physical storytelling. Leigh is passionate about the creative process and supporting the mental health, self-care, and personal/professional boundaries of all artists. Leigh is also certified in numerous additional competencies to support equity, diversity, and inclusion in the creative and artistic workplace. www.leighzimmerman.com

Jay Daly
Music Contractor

Elaine D'Angelo
Keyboard 2

Arthur Bakopolus
Woodwinds

William Buonocore
Guitar

Greg Holt
Bass

Joshua Endlich
Drums and Percussion

Jim Jacobs
Book, Music, and Lyrics


Jim who created Grease (in 1970) with Warren Casey was born and raised on the mean streets of Chicag’s far northwest side. During the golden era of rock n’ roll (1956-1961) he was a guitar playing “greaser” student at Taft High School. In 1963, Jacobs met Warren Casey when they were both cast in a local theatre production of A Shot in the Dark, seven years later they wrote what was to become one of the greatest musicals of all time. Grease opened in 1971 in a former trolly barn called the Kingston Mines Theatre in Cicago. A year later, Grease made it to Broadway and “Greasemania” took off resulting in one of the longest running shows in Broadway history. The 1978 movie became and remains the highest grossing movie musical of all time. Originally an actor, Jacobs has been seen on television, in motion pictures, regional theatre, national tours, and on Broadway. He is the co-author of several other plays and musicals including Island of Lost Coeds, a musical spoof of the low budget sci-fi/horror jungle movies of the 1950s, which he wrote with Warren Casty. In May 2014, Jacobs was presented with an honorary doctorate degree from Columbia College in Chicago. He currently resides in Southern California and remains active in the theatre, especially with the American Theatre Company of Chicago.

Warren Casey
Book, Music, and Lyrics


Warren was born in Yonkers, New York, and attended Syracuse University. During the late 50s he learned all about “greasers” while working as an art teacher in upstate New York. He moved to Chicago in 1962, where he hoped to pursue an acting career. He appeared in dozens of productions, including creating the role of Bernie Litko in David Mamet’s Sexual Perversity in Chicago. He supported himself with jobs in retail, including working as an assistant manager of a chain of apparel stores, and as a record salesman. In the meantime, he taught himself how to play the guitar and began writing songs. Mr. Casey acted with the Chicago Stage Guild (where he met Jim Jacobs), the Old Town Players, and the Kingston Mines Theatre. The latter company staged the original production of Grease which he wrote with Jim Jacobs. After the incredible success of both musicals and the movie, the two collaborated on Island of Lost Coeds, a musical satire of the B-movies of the 1950s. Mr. Casey died in 1988.

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