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Grease was inspired by playwright Jim Jacobs’ personal experience at William Taft High School in Chicago. The show originally premiered in 1971 at the Kingston Mines Theater in Chicago, and then moved to New York City. The original production was directed by Guy Barille and featured a much raunchier script, which was cleaned up in order to be more commercially palatable. The new production was directed by Tom Moore, and opened Off-Broadway in 1972 and then transferred to Broadway. The original Broadway production ran 3,388 performances – an eight-year run. There have been two subsequent

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