'Grease' Live: Fox Announces 3-Hour TV Musical for 2015

Monday, 28 Apr 2014 06:16 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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Hopelessly devoted “Grease” fans have something to look forward to with the announcement that Fox will broadcast a live, three-hour television production of one of the most popular musicals of all time.

In a news release Monday, Fox announced it would air the Paramount Television Studios production in 2015, featuring a young ensemble cast and introducing the "Grease" story to a new generation.

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The 1978 "Grease" film starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John grossed almost $400 million worldwide, making it the highest grossing movie musical ever.

Fox hopes to repeat some of that success.

“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, in the release. “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.”

The announcement follows the ratings success of NBC’s live production of "The Sound of Music" starring Carrie Underwood.

The Fox/Paramount version will include most of the favorite “Grease” numbers, the company release said, including “Summer Nights,” “Greased Lightnin,’” “We Go Together” and “Hopelessly Devoted to You.”

As soon as the news hit social media, “Grease” fans had some input.





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