‘Grease Live’ By the Numbers

Grease Live Fox
Courtesy of Fox

Fox takes its first bow into the live television musical arena with “Grease Live” tonight, and though the musical is a one-night-only event, the TV special has been a hefty production ever since it went into development over a year ago.

“Our first rehearsal with dancers was in mid-November, and with the full principal cast was Nov. 30 so from then to Jan. 1, we were in the rehearsal studio and then on Jan. 4, we moved here,” “Grease Live” director Thomas Kail told Variety at an early morning rehearsal on the Warner Bros. lot in L.A. Touting the cast and crew, he added, “Their learning curve has been very steep.”

With just a few hours ’til showtime, Fox has shared some stats with Variety, showcasing exactly what it takes to put on a major primetime live musical.

Run time of the show: 3-hour broadcast

Days of rehearsal: 52

Number of song/dance numbers in the musical: 23

Number of stages: 2 sound stages, plus the entire Warner Bros. backlot and built-out exterior locations throughout the lot

Number of sets: 21 

Number of cameras: 20

Number of cast members: 24 principal cast members, 20 ensemble and dancers

Number of extras: 60

Number of live audience members: 650

Number of costumes: More than 600 — 407 for principal cast, Boyz II Men, DNCE and Jessie J; 226 for background ensemble and dancers

Breakdown of costumes: 60% vintage; 40% custom made

Number of quick changes during live show: 392 quick changes — just for principal cast alone!

Record quick changes during one single number: Danny and Doody each have 5 costume changes during the song “Magic Changes”

Quickest quick change: 11 seconds for Rizzo, Frenchy and Jan

Number of people in the control room during the live show: at least 40

Number of staff members working the set the night of the show: More than 200

  • 13 camera operators
  • 15 stage managers
  • 11 audio mixers
  • 25 audio assistants
  • 7 communications directors
  • 15 camera utilities
  • 30 costumers
  • 36 riggers and electricians


Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 5

Leave a Reply


Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

  1. Cheri Adolph says:

    AMAZING!!! What a trip down memory lane. No one disappointed! Julianne, you did “Sandy” and Olivia Newton John Proud! So did the rest of you. WOW! from the Rockies in Alberta, Canada.

  2. Tammy says:

    Lovin it !! Vanessa nailed Rizzo. I think the next one should be Rocky Horror Picture show!! America is finally ready for it !!

  3. Gahhh I’m so excited for this!!!


    Grease was a 1970s british-made clown spoof of American culture of the 1950s. America didn’t have angels or visiting british lezbores or homeless enemy nationals that cant’s sing performing American culture. This is more imported propatainment junk garbage imported through Fox with more homeless dead alien “actors”. Junk.

  5. Nick says:

    Number of people who care: 0

More TV News from Variety