“Grease: Live” will not only air live, but will be staged in front of a live studio audience. Fox made the announcement Monday with a cast video, along with new promo shots for the Jan. 31 musical event.
“Grease” is the first foray into live musicals for Fox, and it will be the first televised musical event of recent times to incorporate a studio audience, differing from NBC’s “Sound of Music,” “Peter Pan” and most recently, “The Wiz.”
Insiders say the live studio audience will add a much-needed element for the cast and crew, in hopes that the audience-fueled energy will come across on screen.
Julianne Hough, who will star as Sandy, alongside Vanessa Hudgens who plays Rizzo, makes the announcement in the video (below), in which cast members jokes they hope they don’t mess up.
Aaron Tveit will co-star opposite Hough as Danny, the heartthrob made famous by John Travolta in the original flick. The cast is rounded out by Keke Palmer, Carlos PenaVega, Carly Rae Jepsen, David Del Rio, Jordan Fisher, Andrew Call, Kether Donohue and Mario Lopez.
Watch the cast’s announcement of the live audience element here: