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Grease Live! (2016)

After enjoying a summer romance, high school students Danny and Sandy are unexpectedly reunited when she transfers to Rydell High. There Sandy must contend with cynical Rizzo and the Pink Ladies in attempt to win Danny's heart again.

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After enjoying a summer romance, high school students Danny and Sandy are unexpectedly reunited when she transfers to Rydell High. There Sandy must contend with cynical Rizzo and the Pink Ladies in attempt to win Danny's heart again.

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This is Aaron Tevit's and Vanessa Hudgens's second musical together. Their first was Rent at Hollywood Bowl, where they were each other's love interest. Aaron played the role of Roger, and Vanessa the role of Mimi. See more »

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Principal McGee: Nothing makes a cheerleader more nervous then being late!
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Some Great Casting Choices, But Squanders Them In Odd Focus
25 February 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Since these musical TV productions started to gather steam a couple of years ago, I have watched three of them: "Sound of Music", "Peter Pan", and this one, "Grease Live". While not nearly as dreadful as "Pan", "Grease" doesn't live up to the "Sound of Music" template, either. Unfortunately, it makes some strange decisions (flying in the face of some pretty good casting) and focuses on some add areas that lead mostly to distraction and disappointment.

For a basic plot summary, this is basically the same "Grease" story you've seen on film or in the theater. Danny Zuko (Aaron Tveidt) and Sandy (Julianne Hough) have a summer fling, then find out they are now going to the same high school, a place populated by the stereotypical high school "greasers" and the cliquish "Pink Ladies", led by Rizzo (Vanessa Hudgens) and Frenchy (Carly Rae Jepsen).

To start things off with a compliment, the best thing that this production has going for it is that they perfectly case Hough and Hudgens in their respective roles. Hudgens (a theater/musical vet) is nearly as good as Stockard Channing in the film version, while Hough has the dance moves and voice to back up her sweet demeanor. Jepsen is fun to watch as Frenchy, too.

Also, for the first half hour or so of watching this, I was honestly intrigued and excited about what would come next. Unfortunately, it slowly started to fall apart the longer I watched.

Aside from those two great casting choices and an interesting introduction, there were just too many problems for this production to ever really rope me in (like, say, the movie can):

-Tveidt is not a great Zuko. He's not outright terrible, but he can't bring any of the comedic timing that Travolta could to the role, and doesn't add in anything of his own to fill that void. For a character that is such a large part of the production, this is obviously going to be a problem. -Too many extemporaneous characters that draw the focus away from Rizzo, Sandy, & Frenchy (the real talents of the show). I don't seem to remember there being so many different side-plots in other Grease adaptations I've seen. Hough's Sandy is almost criminally underutilized (again, considering how much more screen time a clearly inferior Zuko gets). -Only the "Summer Lovin'" and maybe Rizzo's solo ever got me excited and invested. Again, for a musical this isn't a good thing.

So, while I really had been excited about this event for quite some time, I came away mostly disappointed. Like I said, it wasn't the utter train wreck that "Pan" turned out to be, but it also only mildly held my interest. Mainly, I felt that the real talents of the production were marginalized to suit a storyline that seemed to meander amongst characters that weren't all that interesting. That, and of course the weakness of a mediocre (at best) Zuko performance, just couldn't get me excited for much longer after the initial "bloom was off the rose" 30 or so minutes in.


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