Last night was the premiere of this year’s live musical and they took on a favorite for generations old and new. Grease. The 1977 hit movie became a favorite of fans of not only the 70s, but the 80s, 90s, and even today. It’s shown countless times on TV whether it be TBS, TNT, or VH1. So when Fox announced that Grease was going to be the musical they knew they had big shoes to fill. Especially since the last one they did, Peter Pan, flopped.
So how do you go about making a successful musical? By getting the right Sandy and Danny. And they did that with Aaron Trevitt (Graceland and Les Miserables) and Juliane Hough (Safe Haven). Not only did they have great chemisty (much better than the couple in the first musical) but they had great voices that went along with the many musical numbers we had in the night’s show. The best scene with the two of them will arguable be “You’re the One That I Want” and that is the number that had the highest standards. When people think of the movie, that is the song that they think of so that one had to be done right. And it was.
But it what really pushed the show over the top was the everyone else in the cast. Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical) played Rizzo, the tough woman with a soft center. This was a far-cry from the roles we are used to seeing from her but she knocked it out of the park. Especially considering that she her father passed away just hours before. Her best number is “There Are Worse Things I Could Do” . The sad melody really touches on Rizzo’s character and the pain she goes through and Hudgens knocked out of the park.
Another song that fans were excited about was the cameo from Boys 2 Men as they sung “Beauty School Dropout” with Carly Rae Jepsen. Their soulful music really took this song to new levels and were a great addition to the musical. Other characters that did well was Carlos PenaVega (Big Time Rush) as Kenickie. There were times when he didn’t quite reach the level of arrogance that we got from the movie but overall he did well.
And let’s not forget about the best two cameos of the night. First coming from Frenchy herself Didi Conn as she played Vi and Mario Lopez as he played the fun-loving Vince Fontaine. They both surprised and shocked the live crowd.
The directors Thomas Kail and Alex Rudzinski were able to do the impossible. Combine what we love about the movie and the Broadway show and made it into one amazing event. It’s these kinds of events that inspire people to go to more musicals and enjoy the kinds of shows that they put out. They were able to incorporate multiple stages, the actual audience themselves, and outside stages to make a seamless show. They have set the bar high and every other show will be compared to this one.
Fans were blowing up social media, especially Twitter talking about how much they loved it. Anna Kendrick, and Wilmer Valderrma, were all Tweeting about the show and how much that they loved it.
Everyone was incredible tonight. Well done @juliannehough @VanessaHudgens @AaronTveit the whole cast and the CREW! #GreaseLive
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) February 1, 2016
Thomas Kailshould be henceforth handed every TV musical. #GreaseLive is so much better than it has any business being.
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) February 1, 2016
My dear @VanessaHudgens, you were absolutely perfect on @GoGrease.. Your strength is inspiring. What a smile your father must have.
— Wilmer Valderrama(@WValderrama) February 1, 2016
Overall, Fox was able to save its good name by this musical. They not only took what everyone loves about the movie and the Broadway show, but enhanced it. They were able to perhaps bring more fans to the already beloved story and ensured that this story will be timeless.
What did you think of the show?