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Tony Award nominee Thomas Kail, TV director Alex Rudzinski to direct musical event "Grease: Live"

by jmaloni


Wed, Apr 15th 2015 04:20 pm

Kail and Rudzinski will work alongside Executive Producer Marc Platt on the live television event airing Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, on FOX

Fox Broadcasting Company and Paramount Television announced today Tony Award-nominated director Thomas Kail ("Hamilton," "In the Heights") and veteran director Alex Rudzinski ("Dancing with the Stars") will direct the live musical event "Grease: Live." Kail, as the director, will oversee the stage direction, while Rudzinski will serve as the live broadcast director.

"Grease: Live" is scheduled to air Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 (7 p.m.), on FOX, and stars actress/dancer/singer Julianne Hough as "Sandy" and actress/dancer/singer Vanessa Hudgens as "Rizzo." Marc Platt ("Wicked," "Into the Woods") is executive producer.

"Thomas Kail's brilliant directing work on the explosive 'Hamilton' and the cutting-edge 'In The Heights' showcase his groundbreaking talent for merging classic Broadway musical storytelling with contemporary song styles and narratives," Platt said. "His productions resonate profoundly with today's audience and his sharp instincts make him the perfect director to bring 'Grease' to a new generation."

"Alex Rudzinski brings a wealth of experience in live television directing, and has a modern sensibility and vision in creating entertainment that captivates his audiences," Platt continued. "We are enormously proud to have Thomas and Alex at the helm of re-imagining one of the most beloved musicals of all time."

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