Active Themes The narrator reflects, in particular, on one night at the lake. The twisted American dream of excess is the culprit, and in the face of that dream the boys turn, foolishly, to places like Greasy Lake in hopes of finding danger—anything to make them feel something. The boys revel in the hilarity of their prank, excited to catch Tony with his pants down and give him a fright. He can see them clearly now, as well as the danger they led to, but is powerless to change them.
Production history[ edit ] The musical had a developmental staging at the Goodspeed Musicals May June 6,with most of the Broadway cast, except for Manley Pope in the lead role of Chad.
Christopher Ashley directed, with choreography by Jody Moccia. The musical had a tryout in Chicago at the Cadillac Palace from December 19,through January 23, This synopsis is based on the current licensed version Act One Somewhere in the midwest in the s, Chad, a hip-swiveling, guitar-playing roustabout, is being released from prison "Jailhouse Rock".
In a nearby dreary little town, Natalie, a young mechanic, is dreaming of love and adventure while she yearns for one true love to take her away, but she doesn't realize that her best friend Dennis has a secret crush on her "Love Me Tender".
Sitting in Sylvia's, the local honky tonkthe whole town sings the blues "Heartbreak Hotel". Natalie's widowed father Jim enters and joins in, until they're interrupted by the roar of a motorcycle: Chad is in need of a mechanic and he's introduced to Natalie, who is instantly smitten "One Night With You" and promises to fix his broken down bike.
Chad Greasy lake summary about excitement in the town, and soon discovers the Mamie Eisenhower Decency Act, outlawing "Loud music, public necking, and tight pants.
After Chad exits, Natalie, in an attempt to look more attractive to Chad, puts on the only dress she owns—a tattered old one she uses to clean car engines. Chad asks Dennis to become his sidekick and Dennis accepts.
Later that day, at Sylvia's Honky Tonk, Natalie enters in her greasy dress, and Lorraine has her change into one of her dresses—it is clean and cute and Natalie looks lovely.
She rushes off in pursuit of Chad. When Sandra enters, and Jim also falls for her, even after having just agreed upon the benefits of being alone in life with Sylvia "One Night With You"—reprise. Dean, the son of Mayor Matilda, enters to tell Lorraine that he thinks she's beautiful. Chad then convinces them that they would be a "sweet little couple" "That's All Right".
But Sylvia interrupts, and Dean rushes out.
Later that evening, Dean tells her the terrible news: Chad, Dennis and Natalie later meet at her garage, but Chad is soon distracted by the appearance of Sandra, trying to sing to her, but it doesn't work.
Natalie is intrigued by Dennis' new hunting cap, and comes up with the idea of dressing like a Chad-like figure to become "one of the guys". As Chad bemoans Sandra's lack of attraction to him Dennis comes up with an idea. He volunteers to take a Shakespearean sonnet to her.
But before Dennis leaves, a leather-jacketed roustabout rides into town "Blue Suede Shoes". It is Natalie, dressed as 'Ed'. Chad is excited, and he immediately asks Ed to be his new sidekick. After a short argument between Dennis and an out-of-character Ed, Dennis agrees.
Jim tells Chad that he's in love with a woman who doesn't love him back. Chad then gives Jim a much-needed lesson in coolness "Don't Be Cruel". Ed arrives at the museum and gives Sandra the sonnet. Sandra is so moved by the sonnet that she finds herself drawn to this strange-looking young man "One Night With You"—reprise.
Ed tries to leave, but Sandra is intent on seducing him "Let Yourself Go". Mayor Matilda is cracking down on the immoral behaviour that is now running rampant through the town.
She comes upon a couple kissing, and she's stunned to see that it's her precious Dean kissing Lorraine. Dean and Lorraine run off into the night.
Matilda promises to throw Chad in jail for what he has done. Ed tells Chad that in order to avoid jail, he should hide in the abandoned fairgrounds just outside town.
Chad runs off, and Ed runs off after him. Jim, now dressed like Chad, enters and asks Sylvia if she's seen Sandra. Sylvia tells Jim that he's crazy to fall for a woman like that, and Jim admonishes Sylvia for having grown cold and bitter. Jim gives Sylvia a very surprising kiss, and a stunned Sylvia suddenly falls for him.Greasy Lake was once clear and beautiful, but by the time of the narrator’s youth, it was “fetid and murky,” littered with trash and refuse, and the island at the center of it .
Once a clear, glistening lake, it has now become a murky and “festering” place, but it is still all the boys know of nature.
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