Grease: live wows its audience

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Bradford Elias

“It’s got groove, it’s got meaning/ Grease is the time, is the place, is the motion/ Grease is the way we are feeling.”

Viewers took a nostalgic trip hearing this song, among many others, during Grease: Live, a live, televised adaptation of the 1971 musical, Grease, which aired Sunday, January 31 on FOX.

Grease explores the friendships and adventures of a group of high school kids in the 1950s. An Australian exchange student, Sandy Young, and a greaser, Danny Zuko, have a summer romance. Eventually, they realize that they both attend the same school and then try to find ways to rekindle their romance.

Danny is the leader of the T-Birds, a group of black leather jacket-wearing greasers, and Sandy joins in with the Pink Ladies, a group of pink-wearing girls led by Betty Rizzo. When they become re-acquainted, there is debate on whether or not they can be together since each group has different viewpoints on society.

Similar to the original musical and the 1978 film of the same name starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, this live adaptation certainly was no disappointment. American actor/singer Aaron Tveit stars as Danny, and Julianne Hough, a two-time professional champion of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, plays Sandy.

Other cast members include Vanessa Hudgens and Carly Rae Jepsen as Pink Ladies Rizzo and Frenchy and Mario Lopez as DJ Vince Fontaine, who lead the entire Rydell High School assembly into the famous Hand Jive dance-off.

Through music, dancing, and societal changes, Danny and Sandy remain together through changes they make on their own.

Grease: Live received mostly positive reviews and helped raise the standards for what a live musical should be. Just because Grease: Live is a remake of a classic doesn’t mean that it can’t be appreciated in a modern-day context.

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