Grease Is Still The Word! FOX Announces Plans For “Grease Live”

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(PCM) Gear up to get your hand jive on! FOX network has just announced that they plan to air a live version of the hit music “Grease” sometime in 2015.

It appears that FOX was making note during the success of NBC’s airing of “The Sound of Music Live” and plan to feature “Grease Live” as their leap into the live musical realm.

“Grease Live” is planned to be a three-hour production and will feature a young ensemble cast that has not yet been revealed.

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.

“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. “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.”

“It’s incredibly exciting to have one of our first major network productions be based on this universally celebrated Paramount title, and we’re thrilled to be partnering with Kevin, Joe and Shana on this epic television event,” said Amy Powell, President, Paramount TV. “FOX’s passion for engaging audiences with bold storytelling and live musical formats make it a perfect home for this special broadcast.”

“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.

FOX hopes to introduce the great music and timeless story that is “Grease” to a whole new generation of fans.  We absolutely can’t wait!

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