Fox Entertainment delivers an electrifying and charged up Grease Live performance that the world loves.
One of the most frequently performed stage plays across America, Grease has become a cult classic. It was adapted from the play by the same name in 1971 to a movie. John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John delivered performances that were praised by the critics and audience in the years following.
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Fox Entertainment decided to produce their own live version of the performance in Grease Live! This came after NBC adapting plays successfully over the past three years including The Great Oz earlier last year featuring Queen Latifah, Chris Brown and Alfonso Ribeiro.
Fox hired the hit play Hamilton director Thomas Kail and his fellow director Alex Rudzinski, a veteran of ‘Dancing With the Stars’. Both the directors managed to give a three hour saga of energized and thrilling performance that the audience, live and at home, are adoring and praising on social media.
The critics also praised the directors for bringing a great show on stage that looked way more effortless than it truly was. The disappointment for anyone was the main duo featuring Aaron Teveit as John Travolta’s Danny Zuko and Dancing with the Stars veteran, Julianne Hough in Olivia Newton-John’s Sandy Olsson.
Both, Tveit and Hough are great dancers and there is no doubt that they have strong vocals as well as both have featured in musical roles before. Their acting however was lapse in many areas and they failed to bring the “oomph” factor to Danny and Sandy that Travolta and Newton-John did originally. Tveit did not have the same sexy enery as Travolta wearing the leather jacket and Hough lacked Sandy’s spark like Olivia originally portrayed it.
Even with the main duo lacking, the supporting cast managed to deliver electrifying performances that more than made up for the lapses. Elle McLemore, despite being a newcomer, walked away with most of the scenes she appeared in; she managed to give her character, Patty Simcox, a Tracy Flick-like manic energy.
Ana Gasteyer brought beautifully droll timing to her role as Principal McGee, Keke Palmer and Vanessa Hudgens delivered great renditions of their solo songs.
Carly Rae Jepsen, who was delightful as Frenchy was one of the broadcast’s highlights. Kether Donahue brought joy to every moment she was on screen as Jan, and Boyz II Men were also wonderful as Teen Angel.
The musical numbers all across the play were electrifying and high on energy as all the cast delivered performances that were high quality and amazing. The dialogues in between lapsed in both energy and delivery but they were all carried through under the great direction of Kail.
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Overall, the fans both in live audience present in the studio and at home watching tha show are awestruck by the performances and have nothing but good things to say about the play.