Grease is the Word — it will be when FOX airs a three-hour live TV event inspired by the 1978 movie musical. Who would you cast?
FOX has ordered a televised production of the Broadway hit, featuring “a young ensemble cast,” The Hollywood Reporter said Monday. The idea of airing a live Broadway-style musical on TV has become all the rage, thanks mostly to the massive ratings of NBC’s Carrie Underwood-starrer Sound of Music Live — which racked up a whopping 22 million U.S. viewers when it aired in December. (Despite, a less than favorably reception.)
Shana C. Waterman, the network’s Senior Vice-President of Event Series, is banking on Grease’s celebrity to make the live event a smash. The iconic film version of Grease, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, has grossed nearly $400 million since its release.
“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.”
Grease: Live will debut in 2015.