The descriptions for the non-film-exclusive characters come directly from their play bios, which can also be found on the official website of the West End (London) production for Grease.
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The T-Birds/Burger Palace Boys
A super-cool, DA-haired, hard-looking group of high school wheeler-dealers... or so they think.
Played by: Doug Stevenson (Kingston Mines, 1971), Barry Bostwick (Broadway, 1972), John Travolta (film, 1978)Danny is the leader of the greaser boys. He is well-built, good-looking, strong and confident, with an air of cool easy-going charm.
"I met a girl, crazy for me!"
Played by: Bill Cervetti (Kingston Mines, 1971), Timothy Meyers (Broadway, 1972), Jeff Conaway (film, 1978)Kenickie is second in command of the greaser boys. He is tough-looking, tattooed, surly and avoids any show of softness. He has an offbeat sense of humour.
"Go Greased Lightnin', you're burnin' up the quarter mile!"
Played by: James Canning (Kingston Mines and Broadway, 1971-1972), Barry Pearl (film, 1978)Doody is the youngest of the guys. He is small, boyish and open, with a disarming smile and a hero-worshipping attitude towards the other guys. Doody also plays the guitar.
"What's that playin' on the radio? Why do I start swayin' to-and-fro?"
Played by: Gerald Bolnick (Kingston Mines, 1971), Jim Borrelli (Broadway, 1972), Michael Tucci (film, 1978)Sonny is an Italian-looking guy, with shiny black hair and dark, oily skin. He is a braggart and wheeler-dealer who thinks he's a real lady-killer.
"I don't take no crap from nobody."
Played by: Gary Houston (Kingston Mines, 1971), Walter Bobbie (Broadway, 1972), Kelly Ward (film, 1978)Roger is the anything-for-a-laugh stocky type of boy. A clown who enjoys winding people up, he is full of mischief and is always dreaming up half-baked schemes and ideas.
"I spend my days just mooning, so sad and blue..."
The Pink Ladies
This is the club-jacketed, gum-chewing, hip-swinging girls' gang who hang around with the greaser boys.
Played by: Leslie Goto (Kingston Mines, 1971), Carole Demas (Broadway, 1972), Olivia Newton-John (film, 1978)Sandy is Danny's love interest. She is sweet, wholesome, naïve and cute, like Sandra Dee of the Gidget movies.
"I met a boy, cute as can be."
Played by: Sue Williams (Kingston Mines, 1971), Adrienne Barbeau (Broadway, 1972), Stockard Channing (film, 1978)She is the leader of the Pink Ladies. Rizzo, a thin Italian with unconventional good looks, is tough, sarcastic and outspoken but vulnerable.
"There are worse things I could do..."
Played by: Hedda Lubin (Kingston Mines, 1971), Marya Small (Broadway, 1972), Didi Conn (film, 1978)Frenchy is a dreamer - good-natured but dumb. She is heavily made up, fussy about her appearance, particularly her hair. She can't wait to finish high school so she can be a beautician.
"Was it love at first sight?"
Played by: Marilu Henner (Kingston Mines, 1971), Katie Hanley (Broadway, 1972), Dinah Manoff (film, 1978)Marty is the 'beauty' of the Pink Ladies. She is pretty and looks older than the other girls, but betrays her real age when she opens her mouth. Marty tries to act sophisticated.
"Freddy, my love, I miss you more than words can say..."
Played by: Sheila Ray Ceaser (Kingston Mines, 1971), Garn Stephens (Broadway, 1972), Jamie Donnelly (film, 1978)Jan is a chubby, compulsive eater. She is loud and pushy with the girls, but shy with the boys.
"Why must you go on mooning so all alone?"
Played by: Dody Goodman (film, 1978)Principal McGee's faithful assistant. She can be a bit lightheaded at times.
"When I hear music, I just can't make my feet behave."
Played by: Alice Ghostley (film, 1978)A teacher who has a mutual friendship with the greasers.
"How many days until Christmas vacation?"
Played by: Lorenzo Lamas (film, 1978)Tom is a jock who is fit and well-built.
Played by: Sid Caesar (film, 1978)A coach who is passionate about his field of study.
"When we get out there, we're gonna yank 'em and tear 'em and rip 'em! We're gonna take 'em and roll 'em around and rip 'em up to pieces! And then we're gonna slaughter 'em. And after the slaughter is over, we're gonna come back here and ring that victory bell... like we always wanted to."
Played by: Joan Blondell (film, 1978)Vi is a waitress at the Frosty Palace who keeps in touch with the greasers.
"You're too young to know."
Played by: Dennis C. Stewart (film, 1978)Leo is the leader of the greasers' rival gang.
"The rules are... there ain't no rules!"
Played by: Judy Brubaker (Kingston Mines, 1971), Dorothy Leon (Broadway, 1972), Eve Arden (film, 1978)Miss Lynch is an old-maid English teacher.
"You're just dawdling, aren't you? That's a fine way to start the new semester, Mr. LaTierri."
Played by: Steve Munro (Kingston Mines, 1971), Tom Harris (Broadway, 1972), Eddie Deezen (film, 1978)Eugene is the class valedictorian. He is physically awkward, with weak eyes and a high-pitched voice. He's a typical 'apple-polisher' - both smug and pompous, but gullible.
"Miss Lynch, fellow graduates, honored guests, and others. Looking over these familiar faces really takes me back to those wonderful bygone days. Days of working and playing together, days of cheering together for our athletic teams—Yay, Ringtails!—and days of worrying together when examination time rolled around."
Played by: Polly Pen (Kingston Mines, 1971), Ilene Kristen (Broadway, 1972), Susan Buckner (film, 1978)Patty is a typical cheerleader at a middle-class American public high school. She is an attractive, athletic, sure-of-herself type of girl who can be given to bursts of disconcerting enthusiasm. Patty can be catty, but in an All-American Girl sort of way; however, she can also twirl a baton.
"Hit 'em again, Rydell Ringtails..."
Played by: Mike O'Connor (Kingston Mines, 1971), Don Billett (Broadway, 1972), Edd Byrnes (film, 1978)Vince is a typical 'teen audience' disc jockey, who is slick, egotistical and fast-talking. He is also a veteran 'Greaser'.
"Okay, cats! Put your mittens around your kittens, and away we go!"
Played by: Bob Santelli (Kingston Mines, 1971), Alan Paul (Broadway, 1972), Johnny Contardo (film, 1978)A "greaser" student at Rydell who leads a rock 'n' roll band and likes to think of himself as a real rock 'n' roll idol.
"Before I was born late one night, my papa said everything's alright..."
Charlene "Cha-Cha" DiGregorio
Played by: Barbara Munro (Kingston Mines, 1971), Kathi Moss (Broadway, 1972), Annette Charles (film, 1978)Cha-Cha is a blind date. She is slovenly and loud-mouthed but homely. She takes pride in being the best dancer at 'St Bernadette's'.
"They call me Cha-Cha because I'm the best dancer at St. Bernadette's."
Played by: Mac Hamilton (Kingston Mines, 1971), Alan Paul (Broadway, 1972), Frankie Avalon (film, 1978)Teen Angel is a good-looking, falsetto-voiced, Fabian lookalike. He is a singer who would have caused girls to scream and riot back in 1958.
"Beauty school dropout, no graduation day for you..."
Played by: Bruce Hickey (Kingston Mines, 1971)A young, kind of awkward and nerdier member of the Burger Palace Boys.
A wop ba-ba lu-mop a wop bam boom!