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‘Grease’ is the word

Sing along with film at screenings

The Cinemark Classic Series continues with three sing-along screenings of the 1978 blockbuster musical Grease.

The first is at 2 p.m. Sunday at Cinemark Denton, 2825 Wind River Lane, followed by screenings Wednesday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Grease is the film adaptation of the 1971 stage musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. The musical was somewhat groundbreaking when it debuted on Broadway.

Grease follows 10 students attending Rydell High School in 1959. At the center are good girl Sandy Olsson (Olivia Newton John) and greaser Danny Zuko (John Travolta).

The couple and their friends, the Pink Ladies and the Burger Palace Boys, navigate high school and all its attendant worries — class differences, sexual exploration and teen pregnancy. In spite of the hefty themes, the hook-heavy soundtrack and happy ending made the good-girl-goes-bad story buoyant and fun.

Audiences are welcome to dress up in costume and sing along to the 1950s-style rock ’n’ roll score. In 1978, three numbers added to the Jacobs-Casey score for the film version — “Grease,” “Hopelessly Devoted to You” and “You’re the One That I Want” — made the music charts.

Cinemark Classic Series screens both popular movies and Academy Award winners. Tickets for matinee performances cost $6.50, and tickets to the twilight screening cost $8.50.

The film is rated PG and runs 110 minutes.

— Lucinda Breeding