Back in April 2014, Fox announced Grease: Live, a live three-hour musical special. Today, Fox, via TV Line, has released the first three photos from this highly-anticipated event, giving us our first look at Julianne Hough as Sandy, Vanessa Hudgens as Rizzo and Aaron Tveit as Danny. Fox will air this three-hour event on Sunday, January 31 from 7 PM to 10 PM.
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. With their friends 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.
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.
Broadway writers Robert Cary and Jonathan Tolins are writing the live television adaptation, with Zachary Woodlee choreographing the live dance performances. The supporting cast of Grease: Live includes Carly Rae Jepsen (Frenchie), Mario López (Vince Fontaine), Carlos Pena (Kenickie) and Keke Palmer (Marty). 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.
Grease: Live marks Fox's first foray into the live musical world, which comes on the heels of several successful NBC specials such as The Sound of Music Live and Peter Pan Live!. NBC's next musical special, The Wiz Live!, airs Thursday, December 3. Do you think Grease: Live could be a bigger hit than its predecessors on NBC? Check out the photos below, and stay tuned for more on Grease: Live.