'Grease': Where Are They Now?

"Grease" is still the word.

Before "High School Musical," the most-successful movie musical about high school was "Grease." Now, 32 years after its original release, the hit musical about a group of 1950s greasers and bobby-soxers, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John returns to theaters in a sing-along version. It's like karaoke on the big screen, with the lyrics at the bottom -- though it's unlikely all those diehard "Grease" fans will need them.

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The special release is only in limited cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Boston and Chicago, this weekend and next. But if fans outside major metro areas lobby hard enough, the film could be shown in their town the weekend after.

One town that refused to be left out was Ocala, Fla., Travolta's adopted hometown. When the film's organizers launched an online competition promising to show the film in the city with the most votes, Ocala residents flooded the site and won.

And, according to contactmusic.com, they will be treated to drinks and snacks by none other than Travolta.

"I want to thank you, my hometown, for showing your support for the Grease Sing Along and bringing it to the Regal Hollywood 16 in Ocala. I am so impressed that show times sold out, I would like to treat each Grease Sing Along ticket holder to a popcorn, soda and candy item when you attend the movie on July 8, 9 or 10," Travolta said in a press release.

When it was originally released in 1978, "Grease" broke all sorts of records, including the highest-grossing movie of that year and the highest-grossing movie musical at the time, surpassing "The Sound of Music."

The movie's soundtrack was just as popular, reaching number one in several different countries. In the UK, two duets "You're the One That I Want" and "Summer Nights" by stars Travolta and Newton-John both scored No. 1 hits. The movie's title song was also a No. 1 hit for singer Frankie Valli.

But it's the stars of the film -- Travolta, Newton-John, Stockard Channing -- who reached new heights in their careers following "Grease."

Here's a look at them then and now:

John Travolta/Danny Zuko

John Travolta as Danny and now

He can dance and sing too. Travolta was already famous from his years on sitcom "Welcome Back Kotter" and his starring role in the disco-era classic "Saturday Night Fever," for which he received his first Oscar nomination.

But his role as Danny Zuko, the greaser bad boy, reaffirmed his superstar status and showed the world that Travolta, who released a Top 10 single in the early '70s, really could sing!

Originally the role of Zuko was offered to Henry "The Fonz" Winkler, but after playing a similar character in "Happy Days," he turned it down for fear of typecasting.

Winkler's loss was Travolta's gain. Travolta went on to star in "Urban Cowboy" with Debra Winger. What followed were a string of flops, including "Two of a Kind" in which he reunited with Newton-John.

It took Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction" to revive Travolta's career. He's been hot ever since.

His personal life, in recent years, has taken some hits, though. Last year, his 16-year-oldson Jett, with wife actress Kelly Preston, died after a seizure. Months later, Travolta testified in the extortion case that grew out of Jett's death. Then recently, Travolta, now 56, announced some good news: they are expecting a baby.

Olivia Newton-John/Sandy Olsson

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