Study Guide

Grease Production Studio

Production Studio

A Robert Stigwood/Allan Carr Production, Distributed by Paramount

Robert Stigwood and Alan Carr were like a real-life Sandy and Rizzo. Stigwood, who died in 2016 at the age of eighty-two, was known as a super music manager and movie producer. Carr, who died in 1999 at the age of sixty-two, was known for sex, drugs, and rock and roll.

Guess which one was the Sandy?

Stigwood managed top bands like Eric Clapton's Cream and the Bee Gees in the 1960s. As a film producer, he relied heavily on the brothers Gibb to provide soundtracks for his hit movies Grease and Saturday Night Fever. Despite the success of these two hit musicals—both starring John Travolta—they would be the height of Stigwood's career. His last producing credit was the 1994 musical Evita, starring Madonna. (Source)

We think Stigwood would have sung "Don't Cry For Me, Argentina," though: he appears to have had a long, fulfilling life.

While Stigwood discovered the substance, Carr appears to have supplied the flash and the style. Carr promoted Grease and Tommy, and was known as the "king of product placement" for tricks like propping a case of Pepsi behind Olivia Newton-John when she sings "Hopelessly Devoted to You." (How did that song not become the official anthem for Pepsi?) (Source)

But Carr's penchant for style over substance eventually ruined his career. His film Can't Stop the Music (1980) starring The Village People, is known as the film that killed disco. R.I.P. you big glittering ball. (Source)

And Carr produced the 1989 Oscars, featuring Rob Lowe and Snow White in what may be the most embarrassing duet ever sung.

In between all that, Carr was more famous for producing parties than producing movies. His borderline out-of-control shindigs were attended by the Hollywood elite…which definitely makes him the Rizzo of the duo.

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