“Grease” is coming to Fox in January, and on Tuesday the network released the first promo for the musical event, which will be staged live.
The video shows off Julianne Hough and Aaron Tveit in character as star-crossed lovers Sandy Olsson and Danny Zuko, complete with leather clothes and lofty hair. Vanessa Hudgens is also featured as Betty Rizzo.
They all do a little boogying, but of course the true test will come opening night, when Fox is hoping for the same kind of success that NBC has had with live stagings of “The Sound of Music” and “Peter Pan.”
Fox’s live production of the musical also stars Carlos PenaVega as Kenickie; Keke Palmer as Marty; Carly Rae Jepsen as Frenchie; Kether Donohue as Jan; David Del Rio as Putzie; and Jessie J, who will open the live event with a performance of a brand-new version of “Grease (Is the Word).”
Much like the musical and film, the TV adaptation sees the beginning of senior year spelling an end to Danny and Sandy’s summer romance — until Sandy unexpectedly transfers to Danny’s high school. With their friends pulling them in different directions, it’s up to the lovers to stay hopelessly devoted as they make their way from Rydell High to a new frontier.
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 will write the script.
“Grease: Live” will air at 7 p.m. ET on Fox on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016.