Grease is the Word! I’ve yet to find a person that can’t quote this movie or sing one of it’s songs!
The Fox Network will play host to a live one-night musical production of the much-loved musical “Grease” on Sunday, January 31 at 7:00pm ET/PT. GREASE: LIVE will run for three hours and it’s LIVE rain or shine on the Warner Brothers lot. A very lucky live studio audiences will be in attendance – reportedly up to 600 audience members will be at the three different sound stages.
Let’s see how this goes — the beginning of senior year means the end of Danny and Sandy’s summer romance – until Sandy unexpectedly transfers to Danny’s high school. Can Danny maintain his bad-boy image as the coolest member of the T-Birds, once he and Sandy start going together, and can Sandy remain a good girl after she joins the Pink Ladies? With their friends Rizzo and Kenickie pulling them in different directions, it’s up to Danny and Sandy to stay hopelessly devoted as they make their way from Rydell High to a new frontier. Sound familiar? Absolutely! Get the popcorn ready and find a cozy spot to watch!
The all-star GREASE: LIVE cast will include Julianne Hough (“Safe Haven,” “Rock of Ages”) as the angelic “Sandy” – Rydell High’s most talked-about newcomer – and Aaron Tveit (“Graceland,” “Les Miserables”) as bad boy “Danny Zuko,” Also tapped to star are Vanessa Hudgens (Broadway’s “Gigi,” “Spring Breakers”) as iconic bad girl “Rizzo,” Keke Palmer (SCREAM QUEENS, “Masters of Sex”) as the sassy Pink Lady “Marty Maraschino” and Carlos PenaVega (“Big Time Rush”) as “Kenickie,” Danny’s tough-guy sidekick.
The soundtrack will be available at the same time as the show airs. Digitally available on Sunday, Jan. 31 at 7:00pm ET/PT, to coincide with the start of the three-hour live event on FOX. A special pre-order launches today and will include the option to download Jessie J’s “Grease (Is the Word)” written by Barry Gibb at time of purchase. In addition to the digital release, Target will have the exclusive CD package with four bonus tracks released on Friday, March 4.
Here are more photos from my set visit of Grease: Live. I sat in on a rehearsal and the cast sounded and look fabulous!!
GREASE: LIVE is based on the original 1971 musical “Grease,” by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey; and Paramount Pictures’ 1978 feature adaptation. The film, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, grossed nearly $400 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing movie musical ever. GREASE: LIVE will be a Paramount Television production.
GREASE: LIVE is produced by Paramount Television. Acclaimed film, television and theater producer Marc Platt (“Wicked,” “Into the Woods”) will executive-produce, Tony Award-nominated director Thomas Kail (“Hamilton,” “In the Heights”) is the director overseeing the stage direction and Alex Rudzinski (“Dancing with the Stars”) will serve as the live television director. Broadway writers Robert Cary (“Anything but Love,” “Ira & Abby”) and Jonathan Tolins (“Buyer & Cellar,” “The Last Sunday in June”) will write the LIVE television adaptation. “Like” GREASE: LIVE on Facebook at facebook.com/GoGrease. Follow the series on Twitter at @GoGrease, and join the conversation using #greaselive.
Photos taken by Tee Burgess.