To generations of TV fans, Eve Plumb will always be known for her role on The Brady Bunch. But at the end of the month, the actress is joining another beloved property, playing Mrs. Murdock – the mother of Kenickie – in Fox’s live production of the musical Grease. LA Fan Cultures Examiner conducted an e-mail interview with Eve to discuss making the jump to Grease Live.
“This show will be a blend of live theater and live TV. It’s going to be unlike anything any of us have really done before!” enthused the actress. “I’m looking forward to seeing all of it come together – it’s very technically complex.”
She comes to the production with her own background in Grease. “I had played Sandy many years ago in a small production in Los Angeles. I’m suprised at how much I remember about the show – the music, the jokes,” she told us. After her agent submitted her for this version, “I auditioned twice for the role, once on tape and once for the director…and I was thrilled to get the role of Mrs. Murdock.”
“I didn’t look at the movie, where my character is from, before I auditioned. I just took a leap of faith in how I saw Mrs. Murdock,” Eve explained as to how she prepared for the character. “I did meet with the music director, and learned some background parts, but I think they will have enough singers in that department. Loved learning the harmonies, though!”
What other post-Brady Bunch roles would she have TV fans tuning into?
“Blue Ruin, a film I did last year, is a thriller where I play a different type of role,” she told us. “Next year I’m in a film, Monsoon, that has another change of character for me. I like to play all sorts of people – that’s one of the fun parts about being an actress!”
For a first look at Grease Live, which stars Julianne Hough (Safe Haven) as Sandy and Aaron Tveit (Graceland) as Danny, with supporting performances by Vanessa Hudgens and Carly Rae Jepsen, fans can click here.
Grease Live airs Jan. 31 on Fox.