Fox to stage 'Grease' musical for 2015
April 28th, 2014
05:25 PM ET

Fox to stage 'Grease' musical for 2015

Well, we suppose there are worse things Fox could do.

The network has announced that its planning to stage a televised live production of "Grease" in 2015, seemingly not unlike what NBC pulled off with "The Sound of Music Live!" last year.

In partnership with Paramount Television, Fox will tap a young ensemble cast to present the tentatively titled "Grease Live," which will have all the songs you remember, from "Summer Nights" to "You're The One That I Want."

Yet it doesn't sound like this is going to be a straightforward remake of the 1971 musical, as Fox says in a statement that it's going to "reimagine" some of the plot points and major characters, like Danny Zuko, Rizzo and Sandy.

“From Broadway to film, and across generations, ‘Grease’ is one of the most beloved musical stories ever told – and we can't wait to bring it to our air in a spectacular live event,” Shana C. Waterman, the senior VP of Event Series for Fox, said in the statement. “Its iconic characters and addictive songs make it the perfect fit for Fox, and we’re going to give it the kind of star power and production quality to make every Sandy, Danny, Rizzo and Kenickie out there want to get up and sing along.”

Fox may be the first to host a live broadcast production of "Grease," but NBC can take credit for changing the tide toward live musical broadcasts. "Sound of Music Live!" was highly criticized when it debuted in December, but it was NBC - and star Carrie Underwood - who got the last laugh. The event programming brought in an astounding 18.4 million viewers, paving the way for NBC to consider another musical production for 2014.


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