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‘Grease’ will return to movie theaters in NYC next month

The ultimate high school musical movie celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

Sandy and Danny are set to reunite on

Sandy and Danny are set to reunite on the silver screen as "Grease" turns 40. Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures

I got chills. They’re multiplying. And it’s not because there’s a winter storm warning for Wednesday.

It’s because in April, Turner Classic Movies, in conjunction with Paramount, will be bringing the ultimate high school musical — “Grease” — back to theaters in honor of the film’s 40th anniversary.

For two days (April 8 and 11), fans will be able relive their glorious memories of Rydell High, and watch and listen while Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) and Danny (John Travolta), Rizzo (Stockard Channing) and Kenickie (Jeff Conaway) and the rest of the Pink Ladies and T-Birds sing about the trials and tribulations of 1950s adolescence. A simpler time of hair cream, summer crushes, auto shop and toothpaste commercials.

The film’s big stars have not been idle since the film’s 1978 release. Travolta had a solid film career, probably peaking with “Pulp Fiction” in 1994, although the last time the 64-year-old made a major splash at the theater was as Terl in 2000’s “Battlefield Earth,” a film regularly in contention for worst movie of all time.

Newton-John had a handful of film roles but these days mainly works on soundtracks for movies and TV. She and Travolta teamed up again in 1983’s “Two of a Kind,” but needless to say didn’t recapture the magic — prompting Roger Ebert to write “This movie should have been struck by a lightning bolt.”

The “Grease” rerelease is part of Turner Classic Movies’ yearlong series Big Screen Classics. Other films in the series include “Vertigo” and “Sunset Boulevard.”

Three NYC theaters — Union Square 14, Kips Bay 15 and Empire 25 — will be playing “Grease,” with two screens (at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.) on both April 8 and April 11.

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