Get ready for the hand jive, because once again ‘Grease’ is the word -- at least it is over at FOX.
Today, the network announced it’s turning the fan-favorite musical, ‘Grease,’ starring Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta, into a live musical event.
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Right now the music extravaganza is titled ‘Grease Live,’ and it is said to feature a young ensemble cast who will bring back to life the characters of Sandy, Danny, the Pink Ladies and the T-birds by reintroducing the story and its music to a new generation (and, of course, those who grew up with the Rydell High gang).
“From Broadway to film, and across generations, ‘Grease’ is one of the most beloved musical stories ever told – and we can't wait to bring it to our air in a spectacular live event,” said Shana C. Waterman, senior vice president of Event Series for FOX. “Its iconic characters and addictive songs make it the perfect fit for FOX, and we’re going to give it the kind of star power and production quality to make every Sandy, Danny, Rizzo and Kenickie out there want to get up and sing along.”
‘Grease Live’ is said to include the following songs, created by Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs, “Summer Nights,” “Greased Lightnin’” and “We Go Together.” The musical spectacular will also showcase John Farrar’s songs “Hopelessly Devoted to You” and “You’re the One That I Want.”
FOX is taking a page out of NBC’s musical book, as the Peacock network is known for it’s live performance of ‘The Sound of Music’ and it will be doing the same for ‘Peter Pan’ come Dec. 4.
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The three-hour 'Grease' event is the first live broadcast production of the iconic musical, and it is set to air in 2015 on FOX.
No word yet if any original cast members will make appearances (Stockard Channing as Principal McGee? John Travolta as Coach Calhoun?), but we’ll keep you up to date.