The Grease reunion of your dreams just happened

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The gang’s back together again for the iconic film’s 40th anniversary. 

It has been 40 years since the teens of Rydell High entered cinemas everywhere, causing a chorus of ‘as shoo-bop sha wadda wadda yippity boom de boom’ and ‘chang chang changitty chang sha-bop’ in its wake (accompanied by energetic hand jives). 

But it doesn’t really feel like it has left our everyday lives, does it? From its catchy soundtrack that can be found in any bar to seriously iconic outfits (hello, pink jackets) that still appear on Instagram feeds, the film really has left an unforgettable legacy.

In a nod to such greatness, the cast reunited for one night only to celebrate the film’s 40th anniversary (yes, Sandy and Danny actually got back together again). 

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Joined by the film’s director Randal Kleiser, Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta shared the red carpet with Didi Conn and Barry Pearl, who played Frenchie and Doody in the movie. AND they bust a few well-rehearsed moves, too. 

Didi Conn, who played Frenchie, getting back into character

The film, which was made in 1978, is the fourth highest grossing live-action musical in history (behind Mamma Mia!, Les Miserables and Beauty And The Beast). In total, Grease has now taken $188.76 million (£147 million) domestically in the UK and $394.96 million (£309 million) worldwide.

Barry Pearl, who played Doody, joined the rest of the cast for the reunion 

Newton-John has been surprised at how every generation since has embraced the film.

“We believed in what we were doing but I don’t think anyone could have imagined that [it] would be still so popular 40 years later,” she recently told Forbes. “Of course, we were hopeful that the movie would do well, and it did, but I don’t even think Paramount was that excited about it in the beginning. It just took on a life of its own.”

Even though the cast had a great time filming it, they were unsure as to whether or not it would be a hit.

“Making it was fun but you never know with movies if audiences are going to go with it or not, even if you love it,” she explained further.

“It is incredible that it is still going but it’s not even just that, it’s showing no signs of stopping. You say ‘Sandy and Danny’ and people instantly know what you’re talking about.”

Sandy and Danny busting some old-school moves

Earlier this year, Travolta reminisced about securing the part of Danny Zuko, one of the biggest roles of his career.

“Honestly, I had waited so many years to do that because I had done it on Broadway and on the road,” he told Entertainment Tonight. “So, I waited five years daydreaming that I would get to play the lead. I had a smaller part on the show. That whole movie I was indulging in my fantasy coming true because it was that important to me.”

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Images: Rex Features 


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Susan Devaney

Susan Devaney is a digital journalist for, writing about fashion, beauty, travel, feminism, and everything else in-between.