first_imgThe one that we want! Former Broadway Cinderella Carly Rae Jepsen has been tapped for Fox’s upcoming live telecast of Grease as iconic Pink Lady Frenchy. Starring the previously announced Great White Way alums Aaron Tveit as Danny Zuko and Vanessa Hudgens as Rizzo and more, Grease: Live will hit the small screen on January 31, 2016.West End alum and Grammy nominee 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.Also boarding the cast will be Kether Donohue (You’re The Worst), who rounds out the Pink Ladies as Jan, while David Del Rio (Spare Parts) will play T-Bird Putzie. Additionally, Glee and Annie choreographer Zach Woodlee joins the creative team.The popular tuner, which features a score and book by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, follows teenagers in love during the soda shop culture of the 1950s. The show premiered on Broadway in 1972 and has been revived on the Great White Way twice since. The 1978 film adaptation starred John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John and Stockard Channing.Hamilton’s Thomas Kail will serve as the director overseeing the stage direction, with DWTS’ Alex Rudzinski as the live television director. The cast is set to also include Julianne Hough as Sandy, Keke Palmer (another Cinderella alum) as Marty and Carlos PenaVega as Kenickie.Robert Cary and Buyer & Cellar scribe Jonathan Tolins will pen a new script for television. The pair contributed additional book material to the recent revival of On the Town. View Commentslast_img

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