We all need that local watering hole. You walk in, sit down and it’s like your home.
The classic television show Cheers (1982-1993), was centered on a bar in Boston. The plots focused on the staff and the patrons who were regulars.
Sam Malone (Ted Danson), a former baseball player and alcoholic owns the bar. Diane Chambers (Shelley Long) is a waitress who believes that she is intellectually above everyone else around her. Smart ass Carla Tortelli (Rhea Perlman) is another waitress who is known for her wise cracks. The regulars include Cliff Clavin (John Ratzenberger), Norm Peterson (George Wendt) and Dr. Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammar).
Anyone over a certain age remembers Cheers fondly. But that does not mean that being under a certain age means that this show is not entertaining. There was a human quality to the characters, which is why the show lasted 11 years and is still remember 23 years after the final episode premiered.
The themes of high school, young love and growing up are timeless. Add in a very catchy soundtrack, an iconic movie musical and you’ve got Grease (1978).
The go to musical for school productions and local theater groups for over 40 years, Grease is the story of a high school romance set in the late 1950’s. Sandy (Olivia Newton John) and Danny (John Travolta) had a brief summer romance. But summer is over and school has started. Sandy is now the new good girl and Danny is the leader of the T-Birds, bad boy greasers.
Danny is not the same boy Sandy knew over the summer. Sandy is spending her time with the Pink Ladies, the female equivalent of the T-Birds. Will Sandy and Danny’s romance be nothing more than a summer romance or can they bridge the gap that is keeping them apart?
We all know this movie. We all know the songs. The stage musical premiered in 1971 and has not left the public consciousness since then.