“Tonight, I do the show in his honor,” actress says of her role in Fox’s live staging of classic musical.
Vanessa Hudgens will still perform in tonight’s staging of “Grease Live” on Fox despite learning just hours before showtime that her father has passed away.
“I am so sad to say that last night my daddy, Greg passed away from stage 4 cancer,” Hudgens tweeted Sunday morning. “Thank you to everyone who kept him in your prayers. Tonight, I do the show in his honor.”
Hundreds of fans voiced their condolences for Hudgens on social media, urging her to stay strong and continue with her performance.
Along with Hudgens, Julianne Hough will play the angelic Sandy and Aaron Tveit will play bad boy Danny Zuko. They will be joined by Keke Palmer as Marty Maraschino, Carlos PenaVega as Kenickie, Carly Rae Jepsen as Frenchy, Kether Donohue as Jan, David Del Rio as Putzie, Jordan Fisher as Doody and Andrew Call as Sonny.
The Paramount Television production will be directed on stage by Thomas Kail, and on TV by Alex Rudzinski. Broadway writers Robert Cary and Jonathan Tolins wrote the script.
“Grease Live” airs live tonight 7 p.m. ET on Fox.