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Grease Live, an ambitious production that aired on Sunday night on Fox, was quick to become a hot topic on social media, gaining numerous compliments from fans, whilst trending on Twitter.
Not only is the cast amazing but I have to give it to the camera crew and production! #GreaseLive
— AshleyTisdaleFrench (@ashleytisdale) February 1, 2016
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) February 1, 2016
The show, which has been described as “spectacular” in reviews, was pretty much glitch free, apart from a very minor sound issue during the song “Hopelessly Devoted to You.”
The rain complication during the opening number of the show, “Grease Is the Word” sang by Jessie J, was overcome by the cast using red and white ‘Rydell High’ colored umbrellas to shelter themselves whilst performing.
The three hour broadcast followed in the footsteps of recent musicals to be broadcast live – The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, and The Wiz, but was unique in the sense of being filmed in front of a live audience as well as including a drive-in movie and a traveling amusement park.
The live show took on the challenge of combining elements from both the Broadway and the 1978 movie version and giving them a fresh appeal.
The iconic roles of Danny and Sandy were played by Aaron Tveit of Next to Normal and Graceland fame and Julianne Hough of Dancing With the Stars fame.
When Aaron was cast as Danny Zuko—the role originally played by John Travolta in the movie—he said that he was thrilled and honored and that playing Zuko is a dream role.
Julianne’s confidence was recently boosted when she met Olivia Newton-John—who played Sandy in the original movie—and she told her that she made a “perfect Sandy”.
Singer Carly Rae Jepsen played the role of Frenchie and Vanessa Hudgens played the role of Rizzo.
Greg Hudgens, Vanessa’s father, had tragically passed away the night before and Vanessa did her fans proud by making the decision to perform at the show in his honor. A tribute to Greg was also displayed on the credits at the end of the show.
— Stella Hudgens (@stellahudgens) February 1, 2016