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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

April 12, 2010 at 4:58 PM

It’s the one that I want: A “Grease” sing-along

For those who like their movies to be participatory experiences (remember “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”?), here’s good news: A sing-along version of “Grease” will arrive in theaters this summer, just for fun. I’ll confess that I’m a bit of a connoiseur of movie sing-alongs, having warbled along with local sing-along screenings of “The Sound of Music” (more than once), “Chicago” (fun, but everybody pretty much dropped out vocally after “All That Jazz”), “Mary Poppins” (a real kick), “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” (pretty hopeless — those songs aren’t meant for sing-alongs), “West Side Story (very challenging), and “Fiddler on the Roof.” I remember the latter as being especially moving, as a crowd at Cinerama gently waved green glow-sticks (handed out as souvenirs) and sang along to “Sabbath Prayer.” There’s something exhilarating about joining a theaterful of strangers and singing along to favorite songs; becoming part of a beloved movie in a way that’s usually not allowed. And it’s fun — though a bit disturbing — to realize how much space in one’s brain has been devoted to remembering every single word of, say, “The Lonely Goatherd.” So I’ll be there for “Grease,” enjoying the sight of the young, snake-hipped John Travolta and the happy lilt of Olivia Newton-John, particularly in this song, which is now firmly lodged in my head for the rest of the day:

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