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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sandy Young
... Danny Zuko
... Betty Rizzo
... Marty Maraschino
... Frenchie
... Vince Fontaine
... Kenickie
... Jan
... Doody
... Putzie
... Sonny
... Coach Calhoun
... Teen Angel
... Jessie J
... Principal McGee
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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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An electrifying LIVE television event!

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Musical | Romance

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31 January 2016 (USA)  »

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Grease: Live  »

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Trivia

Although much has been made about Didi Conn, the original Frenchy from the 1978 film, having a role in the new production, there has been little to no mention of Barry Pearl's participation. He played Doody in the '78 film and has the (new) role of Stan Weaver in "Grease: Live." See more »

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Vince Fontaine (Mario Lopez) said "Welcome back to American Bandstand" after the commercial break. Bet Dick Clark smiled up in Heaven. See more »

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Principal McGee: Nothing makes a cheerleader more nervous then being late!
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Referenced in Rise: Pilot (2018) See more »

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You're the One That I Want
Music and Lyrics by John Farrar
Performed by Aaron Tveit and Julianne Hough
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Fast as lightning
4 February 2016 | by See all my reviews

Obviously it is a big undertaking to mount a live television production of Grease. The stage musical is a mainstay of various theatre productions with regular revivals and the film version is a classic despite some of its cheesiness. Even John Travolta recently admitted the film has become timeless, popular with kids even with the suggestiveness of some of the dialogue and lyrics.

Jessie J kicks of the rainy opening by singing Grease and we get to the setting very quickly and the opening number of Summer Nights. Julianne Hough is good as Sandy really evoking the memory of Olivia Newton John although her character hails from another part of the USA and not Australia. Aaron Tveit does well as Danny but never matches the cockiness of Travolta, which might had been easy to do if you are a young actor who just scored an Oscar nomination and a worldwide smash hit a year earlier with Saturday Night Fever. Vanessa Hudgens was less acerbic as Rizzo than Stockard Channing.

The production has songs that are featured in the stage production which might not be familiar with those who have only seen the film version. The production knows it has go for those big tent-pole numbers like Greased Lightning, Hopelessly devoted, Sandy and the finale You're the one that I want.

As it is a live television number there are stage set changes built in to the production as the cast have to get from one stage to another. There are lots of ad breaks. I cheekily recorded this to my TIVO and watched it 60 minutes after it started and then fast forwarded the ad breaks. The running time for me was about 2 hours and 15 minutes.

I guess some people may not be happy with the diverse casting but Grease was always about people being true to their feelings rather than fitting in with stereotypes. The creators of the stage musical would only be too happy that the show has progressed.

Some of the production limits it to its stage show origins. The car race was rather pedestrian masked by use of lighting and smoke.

Despite the pruning of the lyrics in Greased Lightning, some of the dialogue might be deemed to to be rude to younger viewers but I think some of it flew over my son's head.


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