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John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John head to Tampa for Grease sing-along

The actors, who both have ties to the Tampa Bay area, will also do a question and answer session and meet some fans.
Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta, shown here in the 1978 film "Grease," will make a Dec. 14 appearance in Tampa for a film sing-along and meet and greet with fans. [AP]
Published Oct. 21
Updated Oct. 22

It will be a Rydell High School reunion in December when John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John visit Tampa for a special “Meet and Grease” movie sing-along event at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre.

Released in June 1978, the movie just celebrated its 40th anniversary last year and remains one of the most popular musicals of all time.

Tickets for the Dec. 14 screening start at $39. A limited number of VIP tickets will be available, which include a meeting with the stars before the event at 5 p.m. There are 150 VIP tickets available that come with a price tag of $1,000. For that, you get a reserved seat in rows 1-20 for the movie, a pre-show meet and greet with John Travolta and Oliva Newton-John with a photo opportunity; a pre-signed autographed item and a swag bag with Grease themed gifts.

Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. at Other Meet and Grease tour dates are scheduled for West Palm Beach on Dec. 13 and Jacksonville on Dec. 15.

During the 8 p.m. screening, sing-along lyrics will appear on screen. After, Travolta and Newton-John will do a question and answer session. “All audience members are encouraged to come dressed as your favorite character from Grease,” according to a news release.

Grease holds such a special place in my heart that when John and I talked about this reunion I was excited,” said Newton-John in the release. “The film finds a new generation of fans each year and now 41 years later it will be great to have the chance to meet some of them in person!”

“Olivia and I wanted to present the opportunity to meet Danny and Sandy in-person," Travolta said in the release. “I hope you join us. This is a first!”

Based on a Broadway show of the same name, the story is set in the fall of 1958 at Rydell High and follows innocent new girl Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) and bad boy greaser Danny (John Travolta) through their tumultuous love story. After a summer romance, Danny and Sandy are thrown for a loop when they unexpectedly run into each other on the first day back at school.

Both Travolta and Newton-John have ties to the Tampa Bay area.

Travolta and his wife, actor Kelly Preston, are Scientologists and frequent the world headquarters in Clearwater. They also have a home in the gated community north of Ocala called Jumbolair. It’s designed for fellow aviation enthusiasts and boasts the longest private paved runway in the country.

Newton-John, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, is on the board of advisers for the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa and has said Lee Moffitt has been a mentor to her for her own cancer center in her hometown of Melbourne, Australia.


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