Over the past few years, there have been several of my favorite movies that were produced live on television. Some good, some okay, some that maybe should have been scrapped. Growing up in a true musical-loving house, the original Grease (and even Grease 2) were staples for us – right down to my double album! When I heard that Paramount Television was going to produce Grease Live! I had to admit that I was pretty hopeful. And, just as I had hoped, it was fantastic! The cast of Julianne Hough as Sandy, Aaron Tveit as Danny, and my personal favorite, Vanessa Hudgens as Rizzo did an amazing job of taking the classic 1978 movie and updating it into something that made it fresh and modern for today’s audience. I wasn’t alone in my love for this movie, as Fox reported that there were over 12.2 million people who tuned in to dance and sing the night away.
Keke Palmer, Carlos Pena Vega and Carly Rae Jepson rounded out the main cast, but one of the best surprises of the show was when Didi Conn and Barry Pearl, two of the original movie cast members made appearances!
The music and dancing were such a huge part of the original stage show as well as the movie that it was hard to imagine how Paramount was going to be able to pull off a live television version. With Joe Jonas and his band DNCE as well as Boyz II Men, the musical selections were spot on. Mario Lopez was perfect as Vince Fontaine in the high school dance scene that’s always been one of my personal favorite parts of the original movie.
Paramount Television brought together a stellar team to help introduce Grease Live! to an new generation. Executive Producer Marc Platt (Wicked, Into the Woods) , Director of Stage Direction Thomas Kail (Hamilton, Into the Heights), and Live Television Director Alex Rudzinski (Dancing with the Stars) were a magical trio who ensured us that Grease still is the word! Broadway writers Robert Cary and Jonathan Tolins made sure the live television adaptation didn’t miss a beat from the much loved stage and screen versions.
The Grease Live! DVD, which is set for release on March 8th has exclusive bonus features including a behind the scenes look at how a live production is created, interviews, how the cast was transformed into their characters, choreography to help you work on your dance moves whether you’re a T-Bird or a Pink Lady, and much more you definitely won’t want to miss!
GREASE LIVE! DVD
The GREASE LIVE! DVD is presented in 16×9 widescreen with English 2.0 Dolby Digital. The disc includes the following:
- Live television production
- Without a Net: Performing GREASE LIVE!
- Becoming the “T-Birds” and Pink Ladies
- Greasin’ up the Joint
- Be-Bop, Swing and Jitterbug: The Choreography of GREASE LIVE!
- When Was Your First…?
- My Favorite Grease Moment