‘Grease: Live’ is almost here but we have to know what to expect — will it have the same music as the movie? Will it follow the musical more? Will the original stars make a guest appearance? Here’s everything you need to know.
We know that Grease:Live will have everyone talking when the production airs on Sunday Jan. 31 — but how will Julianne Hough and Aaron Tveit measure up to Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta? Let’s get one thing straight; no one will ever compare, but the TV musical will actually stay pretty close to the original movie — with a few tweaks, if you will.
When it comes to the songs, there will be two that were not in the movie (but were in the musical) that will be featured — “Those Magic Changes” and “Freddie My Love.” They will be combined and sung by Keke Palmer‘s Marty. There will also be a new song added to be sung by Carly Rae Jepsen‘s “Frenchy.” In the original musical, she was the only one not to have a solo, while she had a song all about her (the best song of the show, “Beauty School Dropout”). Tom Kitt and Brian Yorker, the composers behind If/Then and Next to Normal, have created her new song, and Kether Donohue (playing Jan) said they actually cried on set during it.
A few storylines and songs will also be modified, since it is a live TV, family-friendly show. One song that you’ll notice sounding a little different is “Grease Lightening.” The lyric that Danny sings, “the chicks will cream,” will not be on live television… obviously. “We’re working really hard to get those lyrics out of our heads,”Aaron Tveit said during TCA. “Hopefully it doesn’t slip out.”
However, certain things will be very familiar.
“Didi Conn (the movie’s Frenchy) and Barry Pearl (the movie’s Doody) are in our production,” Director Thomas Kail revealed.”Didi is playing Vi, who is the waitress who has a little scene with Frenchy. We do have a moment where we have the generations stare at each other…it was incredibly moving for all of us.”
Another thing staying the same is Rizzo’s pregnancy scare. “Even though [the production] has this fun lightheartedness about it, there’s some real stuff going on,” Vanessa revealed. Well we can not wait to see it — are you excited?