First Look: “Grease: Live”

Posted on November 24, 2015

Well, this all looks totally …

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… expected.

We suppose there’s not a lot of wiggle room to interpret the costumes for Grease, but this strikes us as pretty damn close to Olivia Newton-John/John Travolta/Stockard Channing cosplay. Especially Julianne’s costumes which are lifted directly from the film. It’s like a Grease-themed episode of Glee rather than a production mounted on its own merits. It smacks of mimicry rather than interpretation. No one looks bad, exactly – and Vanessa looks pretty damn amazing, actually – but it doesn’t make us want to set aside some time to watch this.

We realize that part of the long-term appeal of Grease is that it offers up a deliberately exaggerated candy-colored interpretation of the late ’50s, though. The costumes are part of that aesthetic and the movie versions are so locked into people’s perceptions of the characters that it’s probably nearly impossible to come up with fresh takes on the looks at this point.

The deets, in case you’re interested:

“GREASE: LIVE, which airs Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX, will reintroduce and reimagine some of the show’s most memorable moments, great music and timeless love story to an entirely new generation. In this live television adaptation of the musical classic, the beginning of senior year means the end of 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 Danny and Sandy to stay hopelessly devoted as they make their way from Rydell High to a new frontier.

Julianne Hough (“Safe Haven,” “Rock of Ages”) as “Sandy,” Aaron Tveit (“Graceland,” “Les Miserables”) as “Danny,” Vanessa Hudgens (Broadway’s “Gigi,” “Spring Breakers”) as “Rizzo,” Carlos PenaVega (“Spare Parts,” “Big Time Rush”) as “Kenickie” and Keke Palmer (SCREAM QUEENS, “Masters of Sex”) as “Marty.”

Kether Donohue (“You’re The Worst”) rounds out the Pink Ladies as “Jan,” while David Del Rio (“Spare Parts,” “The Troop”) will play T-Bird “Putzie.”

Pop powerhouse and Grammy Award-nominated singer Jessie J will open the live event with a performance of a brand-new version of “Grease (Is the Word),” first heard in the animated opening title sequence of the 1978 film, and written by Barry Gibb.”

[Photo Credit: FOX]

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