I distinctly remember doing Grease for the school production in grade five. I was a part of the ensemble for Sandy, which means the lyrics to ‘Summer Nights’ and ‘Hopelessly Devoted’ were completely and utterly burned into my brain from the age of 10.
More recently, I went to a throwback screening of the OG film and I was surprised to see, just like me, hundreds of other movie-goers had flocked to see the ol’ classic on the big screen almost 45 years after its initial release. Wild, right?
The fact a film from the ’70s continues to retain such a chokehold on this many people over a whopping four decades later speaks volumes to its iconic, god-tier nature. With that in mind, Paramount+ knew exactly what it was doing by dropping an all-new musical prequel for the iconic film.
Giving us a cheeky glimpse of life at Rydell High in 1954 — four years before Grease takes place, the 10-episode series focuses on how the Pink Ladies rose to prominence (aka the biggest fkn slay of all time). We also get a look at the T-Birds long before they ruled the school. You can suss the trailer in all its glory below.
The initial cast for this masterpiece includes Marisa Davila (I Am Not Okay With This) as Jane, Cheyenne Isabel Wells as Olivia, Ari Notartomaso (Paranormal Activity: Next Of Kin) as Cynthia, Tricia Fukuhara as Nancy, Shanel Bailey as Hazel and Madison Thompson (Ozark) as Susan.
For those of ya bustin’ to get a look at it immediately, we wanna sweeten your viewing experience with a chance to win some tix to see the prequel on April 14 at 6.30pm. Not just in a regular cinema, though (who TF do you think we are?). We wanna send you to watch it in a cool ’50s cinema (aka Skyline Drive-In Blacktown, Sydney that’ll be kitted out for the occasion).
Of course, it wouldn’t be on theme without complimentary snacks and refreshments from Frosty Palace, a bunch of carnival games, entertainment, and iconic photo opps. Just a note: this is an 18+ event and you’ll need a car and a working FM radio to attend (don’t worry, ya can loan a speaker on-site if yours is botched).
All you’ve gotta do is tell us your all-time fave prequel *cough* Cruella *cough* and you’ll be in the running to win. There are 60 double passes up for grabs (for you and a mate), so let’s hope the odds are in your favour.
WIN: Tell Us Your Fave Prequel & We May Sling You Studs Tix To See Grease: Rise Of The Pink Ladies
If ya don’t win, don’t worry — you can still get your popcorn ready because Grease: Rise of The Pink Ladies premieres April 7, exclusively on Paramount+, so mark ya calendars, stat.