‘Grease: Live’ kicked off — in the rain — and let me just say, it was electrifying. No seriously. So, who rocked their roles the best and which songs hit all the right notes?
From the minute that Julianne Hough and Aaron Tveit‘s Sandy and Danny parted ways on the beach in front of the green screen, and Jessie J took on “Grease (Is the Word),” Grease: Live became a hit — and it happened real fast.
I’ve had to review a lot of TV and lot of live musicals. I can honestly say, I’ve never had such high hopes and been so excited for a live show. And I admit it, I was not let down. Not only did Aaron and Julianne lead the pack of extremely talented cast, the supporting did far more than that. (Side note: Vanessa Hudgens as Rizzo stole the show — she literally embodied her.)
So, from start to finish, here’s how all the songs added up:
“Grease (Is The Word)” – Jessie J
Jessie J. not only looked super sexy, but she nailed every line — walking through the dressing rooms, heading outside in the rain, etc. Rating: 8/10.
“Summer Nights” – Julianne Hough & Aaron Tveit
Alright this is most people’s favorite, and the real first song of the show. In my opinion everything from the dancing on the bleechers to the Pink Ladies’ comments were on point. My one complaint: Aaron Tveit’s hand didn’t go all the way up like John Travolta’s did. Rating: 8/10
“Freddy My Love” – Keke Palmer
This song isn’t a very well known one, but it’s always been a favorite of mine and Keke Palmer has never looked or sounded better. I was seriously blown away. Plus, the sailors sitting there — serious cherry on top. Rating: 9/10
“Look At Me, I’m Sandra Dee” – Vanessa Hudgens & the girls
And my first favorite performance of the night goes to VHudg. I was hesitant about how she’d be as Rizzo but not only did she take on the look and the voice, but her mannerisms and body language might as well have been Riz herself. Rating: 10
“Grease Lightening” – Aaron Tveit & the T-Birds
Alright this one was all about the choreography. Was there a little off-beat moment to start off? Sure. But other than that, you would have thought you transformed into Dancing with the Stars. (Side note: did Derek and Julianne choreograph this?) Rating: 9.9
“Those Magic Changes” – Jordan Fisher
I think of this as the “minor” song but it was reallllllly cute how it became the background music while Danny got into sports. It’s a low key song but seriously, this kid can SING. So, for that, I’ll be kind. Rating: 8.
“All I Need Is An Angel” – Carly Rae Jepsen
Now this song was written for Carly for the live production since Frenchie didn’t have a solo. The best part of it has to be the fact that it started with a face-to-face with the original Frenchie, Didi Conn (who played Vi in the Live show). Rating: 7
“Beauty School Dropout” – Boyz II Men
I mean, when it comes to harmonizing, seriously who does it like Boyz II Men. No one. Bye. Rating: 8
“Born To Hand Jive” – Full Cast
Not only did Joe Jonas and DNCE nail this one, Mario Lopez was adorable as a creepy Vince, and well, Aaron, Julianne, Vanessa, and Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer all danced incredibly! Rating: 9
“Hopeless To Devoted To You” – Julianne
Alright this one’s tough to judge. It’s a SUPER hard song to sing, and no one could do it like Olivia. Julianne can dance, she can act, she can sing — but this was a tougher one. She still did amazing but it wasn’t the emotional roller coaster Olivia took us on. Rating: 8.
“Sandy” – Aaron
This is the “Hopelessly Devoted” song for Danny — the super tough one that honestly, probably took John Travolta a lot of takes. Regardless, Aaron was shaky sure but at the end of the day really pulled it off. Rating: 7.
“There Are Worse Things I Could Do” – Vanessa
After “Sandra Dee,” I didn’t thank it could get better — then Vanessa sang this one. I mean, if you watched and listened I don’t need to even continue to explain this. Basically, she gave me goosebumps. Rating: 10.
“You’re The One That I Want” – Julianne & Aaron
This number was what everyone was waiting for — and it lived up to the hype. There wasn’t that iconic walking down the stairs scene I loved, but it still ended with them looking in each other’s eyes and leaning back and forth! Rating: 10.
“We Go Together” – Full Cast
The final carnival scene was everything and more than what you’d want — the cast literally got in their trolleys to go to the outside set, driving by their trailers and it was a great way to show appreciation to everyone involved. Oh yeah, and they ran over the curb. Still, rating: 10.
What did you think of Grease: Live, HollywoodLifers?