Brooke Shields and the revival of GREASE
Byron Kolln | the corner where Broadway meets Hollywood | 12/28/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This second cast album to the successful 1994 Broadway revival of GREASE! is quite fine, with Brooke Shields a surprisingly-good Betty Rizzo.
This recording was made purely to capatalise on Brooke Shields replacing Rosie O'Donnell as Rizzo. Her vocals were dubbed over the pre-existing O'Donnell tracks, so apart from Shields the rest of the cast album remains the same.
Miss Shields gives Rizzo a softer, more human edge (her rendition of "There Are Worse Things I Could Do" is quite moving), and she has a ball with the mocking "Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee".
Ricky Paull Goldin and Susan Wood are great as the central characters Danny and Sandy, with Megan Mullally belting it to the back row as Marty with "Freddie My Love"; and CHICAGO's Marcia Lewis as the addled headmistress Miss Lynch.
With Brooke Shields currently back on Broadway in WONDERFUL TOWN (the cast album of which will be re-released with Shields's added vocals), this GREASE! album will be in great demand."
1994 Grease Broadway w/ 1995 Tracks feat. Brooke Shields
Clay Walker | TN | 01/28/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It's definitely not the movie, but you should have taken the hint when you read "Broadway."
In a lot of ways, the Broadway performance is better. There is more of a story to it, and therefore more songs. The performers sound surprising good, especially the voices of "Sandy" and "Danny". Brooke Shields can sing, but I can't help but feel that "Rizzo" needs a more gutteral, edgey voice.
Overall, this is a great performance, and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for either a Grease recording or just a good musical."