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CHICAGO — Hoping to catch “Grease: Live” tonight? Besides practicing the hand jive, we’ve got your guide to the classic musical’s Chicago connections.
The musical follows good girl Sandy Dumbrowski and greaser Danny Zuko as they stumble their way through love, friendships and school in the ’50s. It was co-written by Jim Jacobs, who went to Taft High School in Norwood Park and partially based the story on his experiences at the school.
That’s not the only Chicago connection. The 1971 musical was first performed in the original Kingston Mines club before it became a Broadway hit and, eventually, the classic 1978 movie.
Sunday’s TV special will star Julianne Hough as Sandy, Aaron Tveit as Danny and Vanessa Hudgens as Rizzo.
On this DNAinfo Radio Extra recorded in Nov. 2014, reporter Heather Cherone reveals some interesting background about the real-life Thunderbirds and Pink Ladies: