America spoke, and in the end, Laura Osnes and Max Crumm were voted in as the leads for the new revival of Grease
that opened on Broadway in August 2007, five months after the close of the casting call/reality show, Grease: You're the One that I Want!
Fortunately, "Small Town Sandy" and "Slacker Danny" prove that America did make the right choice, especially for their fans who remember them singing "Hopelessly Devoted to You" and "Sandy" during the competition with the runners-up (would-have-been-acceptable Ashley Spencer and talented-but-charmless Austin Miller). The irony with a cast recording, though, is that picking the leads is a bit of much ado about nothing since Grease
gives so many of its big songs to the ensemble, all of whom are solid here: "Those Magic Changes" (sung by Ryan Patrick Binder as Doody), "Freddy, My Love" (Robyn Hurder as Marty), "Greased Lightnin'" (Matthew Saldivar as Kenickie), "Mooning" (Daniel Everidge and Lindsay Mendez as Roger and Jan), "Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee" and "There Are Worse Things I Could Do" (Jenny Powers as Rizzo), and "Beauty School Dropout" (Stephen R. Buntrock as Teen Angel). The question for cast-recording enthusiasts who didn't watch the reality show is, "Do I need another Grease
?", just as the earlier question might have been, "Does Broadway need another Grease
?", only a dozen years after the last revival. Grease: You're the One that I Want!
was never really about what Broadway
needed, of course--it was about what NBC needed to attract its Sunday-primetime audience, and that was a perennially popular musical with an iconic film and even a hit Disney Channel version (High School Musical
). Compared to the 1972 original Broadway cast, the 1978 movie soundtrack, and the 1994-95 revival, this recording provides the best mix of songs from the stage and screen, and even if it's not essential, it's enjoyable and should hold up to repeat listenings. --David Horiuchi