Grease Sing-along

Ramma lamma lamma ka dingity ding da dong
Shoo bop shoo wadda wadda yippity boom da boom
Chang chang changity chang shoo bop
Dip da dip da dip do wop da dooby do
Boogy boogy boogy boogy shooby sho wap sho wap
Sha na na na na na na na yippity dip da do
Ramma lamma lamma ka dingity ding da dong
Shoo bop shoo wadda wadda yippity boom sha boom
Chang chang changity chang shoo bop
Yip da dip da dip shoo bopp sha dooby do
Boogedy boogedy boogedy boogedy shooby do wap sho bop
Sha na na na na na na na yippity dip da do
A womp bop a looma a womp bam boom

Can you can sing this verse from “We Go Together”? Do you know the motions to “Born to Hand Jive”? Do you secretly long to be a Pink Lady? Then you should have been at the Grease Sing-along at The Paramount Theater last weekend!

Grease Sing-along is a 2010 re-release of the original 1978 movie. The newer version adds lyrics and graffiti-like animation during the songs, plus the film’s colors were digitally enhanced.

Local “drag personality” Rebecca Havemeyer introduced the film and provided commentary along the lines of the Alamo Drafthouse’s Master Pancake Theater. One of her running jokes was about the older actors playing high school students: John Travolta was 24, Olivia Newton-John was 28, and Stockard Channing was 33 when the movie was filmed…not quite teenagers anymore.

During intermission, Rebecca collected donations for AIDS Services of Austin and hosted a costume parade. Poodle skirts and Pink Ladies jackets were popular. One woman came in the silver Beauty School Dropout costume, complete with curlers. At the time, we were impressed with all the creativity, but I’ve since found out that Grease costumes are very easy to buy online.

Bill and I realized that we hadn’t seen Grease for many years. We remembered the top 40 hits, like “Hopelessly Devoted,” “You’re the One That I Want,” and “Summer Nights,” but had forgotten about other classics such as “Beauty School Dropout” and “Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee.” The audience knew all the songs though, even that tongue-twister “We Go Together.” They sang loudly and enthusiastically and applauded themselves after every number. It was a fun Summer Night!

2 thoughts on “Grease Sing-along

  1. Don’t be too impressed…I copied those lyrics from a web site! I barely remembered that song from the movie/show but I was extremely impressed how many audience members knew every word. There are more Grease fans out there than I had imagined.

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