Looks like Fox is jumping on the ‘live musical event’ bandwagon after the success of ‘The Sound of Music’ on NBC. The network will be producing a live version “Grease,” which will air in 2015.
Tentatively titled, “Grease Live”, the three-hour production will combine the 1971 Broadway musical with elements from the 1978 movie and will be casting a brand-new ensemble cast. The much-beloved musical tells the story of a greaser and a good girl who fall in love at fictional Rydell High School in the 1950s. The movie starred John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John as the two leads and is the highest grossing movie musical of all time.
NBC’s “The Sound of Music” was a surprise ratings smash last year, with 18.6 million viewers. NBC has already announced that they will be airing a live production of “Peter Pan,” in December.
In a statement, Shana C. Waterman, senior vice president of event series for FOX had this to say:
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,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.
Although technically based on the original staged musical, Fox’s version will include some iconic tunes from the movie musical, including “Hopelessly Devoted to You” and “You’re the One That I Want.”
Fox says that it also has plans to “reimagine” some of the iconic characters and moments for the live television event.
The cast and key creatives will be announced at a later date.
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