‘Grease Live’: Producers Work to Fix Sound Snafu for West Coast Airing

Grease Live
Courtesy of Fox

Producers of “Grease Live” are scrambling to fix a sound snafu that crept up during Julianne Hough’s performance of “Hopelessly Devoted to You” during the live telecast.

What sounded like microphone static was audible during the live airing in the East Coast time zone while Hough belted out one of the show’s signature numbers. Fox said producers and the show’s tech team on site were working to clean up the soundtrack for the West Coast airing that begins at 7 p.m. PT.

The “Hopelessly Devoted” number came at about two-thirds of the way into the telecast around 9 p.m. ET.

“Grease Live” is originating from the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank. Producers have already had to grapple with rain that complicated the show’s opening number. But cast members rolled with the change by improvising with umbrellas — in red and white Rydell High colors, of course.

Other than the brief sound issue, the ambitious three-hour production unfolded with no major problems that could be seen on screen. The telecast closed with a tribute slate to Greg Hudgens, father of co-star Vanessa Hudgens, who died Saturday. The actress earned an outpouring of sympathy and respect via social media for continuing with her performance in the key role of Rizzo despite her loss.

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  1. Jay says:

    Watched it live as well as dvr’d it on local Boston Fox station and yes there was a 20 or so portion of Hand Jive where no sound was coming but the local station never went to commercial as it appears others local channels stupidly did. When the sound came back you could hear the rest of Hand Jive finish. Hopelessly Devoted did have some static while Hough was singing but other then that everything seemed fine. While it will never be the original movie, it’s a musical play. Not supposed to be exactly the same. Thought Hough and Hudgens were terrific!

  2. Dawn says:

    In the east coast—during hand jive my picture went back to grease lightening then jumped to bad sounding hopelessly devoted. Missed end of hand jive

  3. jackygage says:

    On the east coast 17 seconds of Hand Jive was missing audio, and during that loud song you could faintly hear static underneath. Then Hopelessly Devoted To You was the next full song and the entire number had prominent static sound. On the east coast it did not go back and forth to commercials for a few seconds, and it did not re-air a previous musical number.

  4. docsroc says:

    On the east coast, Hopelessly Devoted sounded fine, but we lost a big chunk of Hand Jive which is such a signature song. I didn’t care for the actor who played Danny. While he’s talented and did a good job on the musical numbers, he was too old for the part.

  5. Max says:

    The glitch started during Hand Jive. It was a total mess with the production going back and forth to commercials for a few seconds then back to Grease then even re-airing a previous musical number. It didn’t just affect Hopelessly Devoted. It actually ruined 2 of the most recognizable Grease fan favorites

  6. Jon says:

    While i was watching there was no sound at all for most of Born to Hand Jive

  7. Hemi Ace says:

    During the dance contest – the Hand Jive number – the audio cut right out. This was in the central standard time airing.

  8. tommy says:

    One of the golf cart trains gave it’s riders a good scare when it hit the curb and tilted :)

  9. Laura armstrong says:

    That wasn’t the only problem. During the dance contest just after 9pm et they cut to the Greased Lightning scene which had already had already aired.

    • Steven says:

      Yep, did you also see cut ins of partial Hulu & Verizon commercials? They’ll probably blame the weather but there was no excuse.

  10. FYI this isn’t correct “Fox said that producers and the show’s tech team on site were working to clean up the soundtrack for the West Coast and Central time zone airings that begins at 7 p.m. PT.” I live in Chicago and us Central time zone peeps are watching live. You must mean the Mountain time zone.

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