The first-ever live broadcast production of iconic musical "Grease" to air in 2015 on FOX
Get ready to do the hand jive as FOX enrolls at Rydell High with "Grease Live" (working title), a live, three-hour production of the massively popular crossover musical "Grease."
The announcement was made Monday by Kevin Reilly, chairman of entertainment at Fox Broadcasting Company, and Paramount Television. Scheduled to air in 2015 and feature a young ensemble cast, "Grease Live" will reintroduce the music and timeless story to an entirely new generation.
Based on the 1971 Broadway musical of the same name with book, lyrics and music by the legendary team of Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs, the 1978 hit film "Grease," starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, grossed nearly $400 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing movie musical ever.
"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 vice president 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."
"It's incredibly exciting to have one of our first major network productions be based on this universally celebrated Paramount title, and we're thrilled to be partnering with Kevin, Joe and Shana on this epic television event," said Amy Powell, president of Paramount TV. "FOX's passion for engaging audiences with bold storytelling and live musical formats make it a perfect home for this special broadcast."
"Grease Live" will include live performances of the unforgettable Casey/Jacobs songs "Summer Nights," "Greased Lightnin'" and "We Go Together"; as well as the iconic songs written by John Farrar, "Hopelessly Devoted to You" and "You're the One That I Want." The broadcast will reimagine some of the story's most memorable moments and characters from the T-Birds and Pink Ladies, including Danny Zuko, Rizzo and Sandy.
"Grease Live" will be a Paramount Television production. Cast and additional production team partners to be announced.