What a great, fun night we had last night at Sing-a-long Grease at the Hollywood Bowl.
It was our first outing to the outdoor amphitheater this year and it was certainly well worth every minute.
This is what summer is all about, a picnic, a few drinks, friends and a favourite film that you can sing along to at the top of your voice and not worry about ruining anyone else's enjoyment.
The gang was all there, Sandy, Danny, Rizzo, The Pink Ladies and T-Bird's and they even had 'Frenchie' aka Didi Conn compering the evening's festivities, including the costume contest.
The classic musical comedy is one of my favourite feel-good movies and I grew up with it playing on TV seemingly every Bank Holiday in the U.K.
For this event our seats were higher in the 17,000 seater amphitheater than I'd ever been, but it didn't matter as we had a great central view of the movie screen and I also learned that the Hollywood Sign is visible from the Hollywood Bowl which I'd never realised before.
Grease is a fantastic sing-a-long movie as it has lots of memorable and singable songs like Summer Nights, Beauty School Dropout, Greased Lightnin', Born to Hand Jive and many more.
It seemed like a packed house at the Bowl and we were surrounded by more than enough costumed Pink Ladies and Beauty School Dropouts singing their hearts out.
For me it was a much more satisfying sing-a-long than the Sound of Music, mainly I think because the tone is lighter and it's a shorter movie, and those coordinated dance routines help too.
The 1978 movie also has some amazing characters like Rizzo and Cha Cha DiGregorio, although as a child it always mystified me how high school kids looked so different from all my school friends, until I realised most of the actors were in their late twenties and thirties.
I hope they have the good sense never to try and remake Grease, as it's perfect they way it is (I'm even one of those few people who like Grease 2).
Anyway, it was a fabulous start to my Hollywood Bowl season, even though at the moment we don't have tickets to any other event.
But oh, those summer nights....
Buy the movie and soundtrack in the USA: Grease (Rockin' Rydell Edition) [Blu-ray]
Buy the movie and soundtrack in the UK: Grease [Blu-ray]