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Grease Reviews are Suck

This is not the one that I want!

Reviews for the Broadway revival of Grease are sucking! NBC’s reality TV series You’re the One That I Want chose Max Crumm and Laura Osnes to play the lead roles.

The Hollywood Reporter: “Tackily produced and utterly lacking the sort of fun comic spark that the original production and certainly the movie possessed (though not the most recent Broadway revival in 1994), this is a Grease that only will be appreciated by young TV viewers who don’t know any better.”

Variety: “The most dismal thing about this Grease is that aside from the two discoveries plucked from a mediocre TV talent pool and thrust into this sorry walk-through, no-one appears to be trying very hard. Like the drag-queeny wig slapped on Sandy when she finally conforms to the cool-kid ethos by unleashing the bad-girl within to win Danny, it all seems somewhat counterfeit.”

The TV show may have bombed but the strong ticket sales ($14 million box-office advance) may mean Grease could be around longer than expected. Apparently Broadway and reality TV go together like rama lama lama ka dinga de dinga dong!

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Photos: Peter Kramer/Scott Gries/Brad Barket/Getty
Posted to: Broadway, Laura Osnes, Max Crumm

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  • susie

    1st…was just reading an article about this…doesn’t really surprise me much…it would be very hard to match the original Grease production…I heard that most critics didn’t feel that the casting was right and that mediocre talented people played the parts…someone was right when they said this was the results of reality tv…

  • http://popcrunch.com Pop Crunch

    I agree, susie. It’s always hard to top a classic like Grease. And then, to cast the cast the roles using reality TV. Not gonna happen.

    By the way, am I the only one that thinks Max and Laura gain 10 years whenever they perform. They look like 35 year olds trying to look young again.

  • wouldn’tUlike2know

    that’s sad. i feel bad for the two leads

  • ha

    I watched a bit of the show at the beginning and then missed most of it but tuned in again toward the end. I was shocked and disappointed at the choices – but the professionals and the people voted – what can you do. Apparently the same show did well in England with an English cast. Hope this does well I would like to see some more tv shows casting for musicals – fun to watch the process.

  • jesse

    I saw the show last saturday and will say that this show is the best I have seen in a long time. Better than Jersey Boys for sure. I would forget what the critics say. The show was great. Fun, good music, great sets and costumes. great singing. best show out there.

  • Mystical

    I’m from the UK and exactly the same thing happened here. Danny Bayne and Susan McFadden won (and so they should’ve!) but then on the press night the jouralists layed into the whole production. I saw it two nights after the press night and they must have seen a different show to me! Great singing, dancing and acting!

    Our pair only had about 6/7 weeks rehearsal too, the US pair won ages ago didn’t they? Anyhoo the fans and ticket sales will show how great Grease is and always will be!

  • http://madisonmusic.net madisonmusic.net

    I thought the UK version was bad! Yikes!

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  • 15 min

    L. O.’s father has a business (2 stores with around 20 phones each). Management had employees use all those business phones to do ‘voting’ . 200 times every Sunday. Reality TV is a joke. People who cheat like that stink.

  • Theaterlover

    My wife and I paid nearly $600 to see Grease on July 31 and what we saw was a perfect brother-sister act from Danny and Sandy. There was absolutely no romantic chemistry between the two and I’m not surprised because it is my understanding that Max and Laura actually do not care for each other and it showed in the performance. The other cast members did a fine job, but we talked to several people after the show that had seen multiple Broadway productions and they all told us that Grease was at the bottom. The quality of the theater here in Tucson is far better and I was expecting something out of this world. I guess anyone can be a star on Broadway these days.

  • cjckco

    Theaterlover, I don’t know where you got your information, but is not true that Laura & Max do not care for each other. They became friends at the initial auditions in LA and remained friends throughout the competition.

    15 min, are you saying that none of the other contestants used their connections to get votes? Of course, they did!

  • 15 min

    When you ask your employees to come in to your business week after week to do ‘phone voting’, and don’t pay them for their time- that’s not right. Creating an atmosphere where every employee has to wear a yellow ‘Laura’ T-shirt every day for 4 months is overkill. Employees feeling that if they don’t wear their ‘laura’ shirt to “show support”, it might threaten their job. And watching the turnover actually happen… (In a medical office, where posters of her are PLASTERED all over the walls, it doesn’t feel like a very professional medical setting.) When you own a business, and you let your personal life interfere that much with patient care to the point that it all seems creepy, the patients feel uncomfortable with it. The elderly look around at all the ‘grease’ signs in the office, and not being savvy to reality TV- it just seems confusing. Owning a business means “it should be about the patient”, not the owner’s personal life.

  • love

    I’m 53 years old and saw the show the other night. IT WAS FANTASTIC!!! I don’t know how people are giving such bad reviews for it. It was a great show, good acting and singing. I would recommend it to anyone.

  • mike

    Just got back from seeing “Grease.” Though it was enjoyable, it could have been far, far better. Sandra’s talents and singing ability are overshadowed by some outstanding support cast members especially Rizzo. The choreography is disappointing as is the flow of the plot. The comedy evokes a chuckle at most. Most importantly, while there are some outstanding talents in the supporting cast, the cast just doesn’t seem to gel. It’s like watching an orchestra with each musician playing a different score. Also, the electricity that should exist between Sandy and Danny just isn’t there. As one reviewer said when it first hit Broadway, its’ a “lack luster” production and, unfortunately, that description continues to be true. The only thing that made it enjoyable for me was the music and the individual performances of some supporting cast members.

  • Leanne howell

    what happened to Max and Laura?

  • http://msn.com jan wild

    I watched every episode of “You’re the one that I want”. I felt that it was exciting and entertaining. Everyone should follow their dreams. The talent was great! Knowing that Max and Laura won, I started saving my money to see my first Broadway show. In August 2007, I traveled to N Y and saw the show. It was unbelievable! I’m a grandmother who grew up in those times, and Max and Laura had the chemistry to bring back so many good memories. I saw the show again in MN without them and was very disappointed. I hope that their careers are successful and prosperous. They brightened my life.

  • Cheezer

    Why did Max and Laura not perform last night? I watched the reality show, “You’re The One That I Want.” I enjoyed it and was thrilled that Max and Laura won. When I heard the show was coming to San Francisco I was so excited. I just went to the show last night. But to my disappointment niether Max or Laura performed. What happended. I was so looking forward to seeing them perform. Having watched the reality show I felt a personal connection with these two performers and can not express enough how disappointed I was that they did not perfomrm. It was the opening week of the show and a Friday night. The two lead performers were fair but definately no connection with each other or the staff.

  • http://www.sextoysreviewer.com/ sex toys reviews

    I have already seen the show in preview Laura and Max did a great job. The theater was filled and everyone had a great time. I got to speak to Laura briefly and she was as nice as you would imagine her to be.

  • http://www.saviart.biz SaviArt Grease reviews

    For some Grease is a big mess but for others Grease is great! I like it because of the feel of the 70′s dancing scenes and good old songs like “Tell me more” and many others. I recommend it for everyone who likes simple shows and good old songs.