Aaron Tveit has been cast as head T Bird Danny Zuko in Fox’s musical version of “Grease,” it is the word.
The Paramount Television production is based on the original musical “Grease” by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, and Paramount Pictures’ 1978 feature adaptation. The film famously cast John Travolta as bad boy rebel Danny, who was hopelessly devoted to the sweet and innocent Sandy (played by Olivia Newton-John).
“I’m thrilled and honored to be joining this incredibly talented team of actors in reimagining this classic and beloved musical,” said Tveit in a statement. “Playing Danny Zuko is a dream role, and I can’t wait to be a part of all the fun that comes along with performing live on television.”
The “Graceland” actor also has multiple stage credits to his name, including the musicals “Catch Me if You Can” and “Next to Normal.” He also appeared on CW’s “Gossip Girl.”
Fox also confirmed that Carlos PenaVega (“Big Time Rush”) will play fellow greaser Kenickie in the musical. Tveit and PenaVega join previously announced cast members Julianne Hough as Sandy, Vanessa Hudgens as feisty Rizzo and Keke Palmer as Marty.
The production is exec produced by Marc Platt (“Wicked,” “Into the Woods”). Thomas Kail (“Hamilton,” “In the Heights”) serves as the director overseeing the stage direction and Alex Rudzinski (“Dancing With the Stars”) is the live television director. Broadway writers Robert Cary (“Anything but Love,” “Ira & Abby”) and Jonathan Tolins (“Buyer & Cellar,” “The Last Sunday in June”) are penning the adaptation.
“Grease: Live” will air at 7 p.m. January 31.