Parkway Playhouse has announced that Grease, the popular 1950’s-based musical comedy will replace West Side Story in the theatre’s 2016 Season.  


Grease which is set in 1959, and follows the antics of a group of high-school students as they sort out friendships, romance, and the future- all while being swept up in the emotional roller coaster of their final year in High School.  Written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey,  Grease  is easily one of the most popular musicals in the world; with many Broadway and West End Revivals, as well as countless regional and academic productions.  Grease inspired an enormously popular film that featured John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.

Grease Poster

Parkway Playhouse’s production of Grease will run  weekends July 30 through August 13, and is being directed by Andrew Gall with choreography by Julie Becton Gillum.  Ginger Haselden is serving as the music director.  The cast includes roughly 30 performers from across Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee.  

CLICK HERE to buy tickets now!

CLICK HERE to read letter from Artistic Director, Andrew Gall, on why West Side Story was pulled from 70th Anniversary Season.




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Parkway Playhouse, located in the Appalachian town of Burnsville, NC, is a haven of theatre talent. While people come to the mountains to get away, Parkway Playhouse is a natural gathering place to connect. Likewise, we are an extension of traditional mountain talents: singing, dancing, and, foremost, storytelling. By giving rise to energetic new voices and through a wide variety of plays and musicals, we invite our audience into experiences that are thought-provoking, adventurous, and entertaining. Together we reimagine the world in every live performance, creating dynamic conversations that last far beyond the curtain call. This blog is will feature stories, helpful information, insight and features about the performances.

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