The T-Birds and Pink Ladies will take over FOX on one magical night in 2015 -- the network has announced plans to air a live broadcast of the hit musical "Grease."
The production, tentatively titled "Grease Live," will feature a "young ensemble cast" and will "reintroduce the great music and timeless story to an entirely new generation," FOX said in a statement obtained by OTRC.com on Monday, April 28, 2014.
Tell you more? OK. The TV musical will span three hours long and marks the first time "Grease" has ever been performed live on television.
The most popular adaptation of "Grease" is the 1978 movie starring John Travolta as Danny, a high school student and member of gang the T-Birds, and Olivia Newton-John as his love interest, "good girl" Sandy. The film, which is the highest-grossing musical movie with $394 in worldwide box office profits, is set in the 1950s and is based on a popular 1971 Broadway musical. "Grease" contains songs such as "Grease Is The Word," "You're The One That I Want" and "Summer Nights."
"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," said Shana C. Waterman, Senior Vice President of Event Series for FOX. "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."
This marks the first live major musical production for FOX. In December, NBC aired a live broadcast of the musical "The Sound of Music," which received high ratings.