North Carolina Theatre is ready to electrify audiences this Feb. with the world's favorite musical, Grease! Leading the cast is Broadway star John Arthur Greene who hails from Raleigh, N.C., stepping into the role of teenage heartthrob, Danny Zuko. John Arthur joins Broadway couple Hunter Foster and Jennifer Cody, who will direct and choreograph the perennial favorite at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh, Feb. 9-14, 2016.
John Arthur Greene most
recently performed on Broadway in the hit musical Matilda (Doctor, u/s Mr. Wormwood), and also starred as "Riff" in West Side Story. He is also recognized for his performance as
"Robert Mullins" from NBC's live television presentation of Peter Pan last Nov., and performs solo
music all over N.Y., most recently performing during Andrew Lloyd Webber's New York Times Talk. John Arthur was one of the original students
in North Carolina Theatre's "Kids on Broadway" program, which later became the North Carolina
Theatre Conservatory and has appeared in several North Carolina Theatre mainstage shows including
Joseph..., Sound of Music, South Pacific
and A Chorus Line. Check out this video where John Arthur Greene advanced to Hollywood on a recent American Idol episode.
In her North Carolina Theatre debut is Emily Behny, playing Danny's love interest, Sandy Dumbrowski. Emily has appeared in national tours including Wicked (Nessarose) and Beauty and the Beast (Belle). Lauren Cipoletti (Heathers: The Musical at New World Stages, Macbeth at Classic Stage Company) joins the cast as "Rizzo," the too-cool-for-school leader of the Pink Ladies and Michael Warrell (All That Glitters, Tours: Spamalot, Fame, Grease) will lead the Burger Palace Boys in "Greased Lightnin'" as "Kenickie." Get more info. about the production here, including a full list of the cast.
"We are thrilled to announce this exceptional, dynamic cast. The caliber of Broadway talent in this company and creative team guarantees that this will be a fresh and inspired take on one of the most popular musicals of all time," said Casey Hushion, artistic director.