Opening night of the smash-hit musical Grease transported the audience back to a simpler time of poodle skirts, drive-ins and T-birds with girl-next-door Sandy, bad boy Danny and the rest of the Rydell High crowd. The talented cast rocked classic numbers such as “Summer Nights,” “You’re the One That I Want” and “We Go Together.” After the curtain call and encore, American Idol winner Taylor Hicks, who plays Teen Angel, took the stage again to treat everyone to his newest single, “What’s Right is Right.”
Invited guests (pictured: Cliff and Kathy Fleiming) hand-jived their way to the 50s-inspired cast party in Founders Hall following the performance. The space was transformed into a high school gym that had been decorated to look like a dance was taking place. Many of the guests dressed up as Pink Ladies and T-birds and moved to nostalgic tunes on the dance floor. Cast members also joined the fun after stopping to take off their stage make-up and wigs and changing out of their costumes.
Backstage, Taylor was busy greeting winners of the Orange County Register’s Grease photo contest which asked readers to submit photos dressed as their favorite characters from the show. Brelynne Blaire of Rancho Santa Margarita and Mike Levy of Westminster (pictured right) were the lucky winners. They won tickets to the opening night show and a chance to meet Taylor who graciously signed autographs and posed for pictures.