As if Grease: Live wasn't already shaping up to be something truly special in the history of live TV events, it just got a whole lot cooler. The Fox production has just announced that they've found their Mrs. Mrudock. Yes, The Brady Bunch's Jane Brady is getting ready to do the hand jive!
Eve Plumb is taking on the fan-favorite role of the T-Birds shop teacher. Fox will air the production of the popular musical live on January 31. The role was originally played by Alice Ghostley in the 1978 classic Grease opposite John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.
Featuring a young ensemble cast, Grease: Live will reintroduce and reimagine some of the show's most memorable moments, great music and timeless love story to an entirely new generation. In this live television adaptation of the musical classic, the beginning of senior year means the end of Danny and Sandy's summer romance - until Sandy unexpectedly transfers to Danny's high school. Can Danny maintain his bad-boy image as the coolest member of the T-Birds, once he and Sandy start going together, and can Sandy remain a good girl after she joins the Pink Ladies? With their friends Rizzo and Kenickie pulling them in different directions, it's up to Danny and Sandy to stay hopelessly devoted as they make their way from Rydell High to a new frontier.
Grease: Live stars Julianne Hough as the angelic Sandy - Rydell High's most talked-about newcomer - and Aaron Tveit as bad boy Danny Zuko. Also tapped to star are Vanessa Hudgens as iconic bad girl Rizzo, Keke Palmer as the sassy Pink Lady Marty Maraschino and Carlos PenaVega as Kenickie, Danny's tough-guy sidekick. Pop powerhouse and Grammy Award-nominated singer Jessie J will open the live event with a performance of a brand-new version of "Grease (Is the Word)," written by Barry Gibb.
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 at the box office. Grease: Live will be executive-produced by acclaimed film, television and theater producer Marc Platt, with Thomas Kail overseeing the stage direction and Alex Rudzinski serving as the live television director.
Grease: Live will electrify television audiences everywhere with 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. Are you looking forward to the one-night only live broadcast of Grease: Live this coming January? Chime in with your thoughts after taking a look at the first trailer.