'Grease' Live Musical In The Works For Fox
A live Grease musical special, an adaptation of the Broadway show and 1978 movie, is reportedly coming to Fox in the near future.
Grease Live Coming To Fox
“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 VP 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, originally a musical written by Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs, first appeared on Broadway in 1971. The high school dramedy was reimagined for the small screen later on in the decade, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.
It’s believed that Fox is taking a cue from NBC after the network had an incredible amount of commercial success with The Sound of Music Live with Carrie Underwood – even though the critical reviews were lukewarm at best. Though NBC won’t get to cash in on a live TV version of Grease, the network is scheduled to premiere Peter Pan Live Dec. 4.
Grease Live, produced by Paramount Television, will premiere on Fox sometime next year. No casting decisions have yet to be revealed.
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