Fox's Live Grease Musical Casts Julianne Hough, Vanessa Hudgens

Fox Grease Hough Hudgens

Fox’s live staging of Grease has found its Sandy and Rizzo — as well as a premiere date.

“Tell me more, tell me more,” you say? Well…

Dancing With the Stars alum/actress Julianne Hough will fill the role of Rydell High noob Sandy, while High School Musical grad Vanessa Hudgens will get a hickey (if not more) from Kenickie, as bad girl Rizzo.

The three-hour live musical staging, which was originally announced to bow this year, instead will be broadcast Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, starting at 7/6c.

Hough’s acting credits include 2011’s Footloose remake and the Broadway-to-screen adaptation Rock of Ages, while Hudgens’ post-High School plans have included the films Spring Breakers and Machete Kills.

That leaves, among others, Danny Zuko still to be cast. Who’s your pick to fill Travolta’s shoes as the greaser?

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  1. Brynna G says:

    What a shame! Did they not see Rock of Ages? Julianne Hough can’t sing.

    • Jasonbres says:

      Plus, they are both too old to pass for high schoolers.

      • Elizabeth says:

        Since when does age matter? Wasn’t Olivia Newton John 30 when she did Grease?

        • Lyn says:

          Yes. And Stockard Channing was 33 as Rizzo. Since it’s Fox, why not draw heavily on American Idol alumni for the cast? I can see Ryan Seacrest as Vince Fontaine. Adam Lambert as Danny, David Cook as Kenicke and so on. Maybe pull the T Birds and Pink Ladies from Idol runners up [ please no Haley Rinehart, Pia or Jena Irene].

          • Sheila says:

            Or, you know, they could choose actors

          • Lyn says:

            Adam & David = Musical Theater since very young
            Jennifer Hudson = Academy Award
            Ace Young = Broadway and TV
            Frenchie Davis = Broadway
            Diana DiGarmo = Broadway
            Constantine Maroulis = Broadway
            Tamyra Gray = TV
            Taylor Hicks = Broadway

          • Sheila says:

            Being put in a jukebox musical just because you’re vaguely known for being on a reality show doesn’t make you an actor.

          • Piers says:

            Grease doesn’t require much by way of acting chops where the T Birds and Pink Ladies are concerned. And the fact that it’s on Fox would pull a huge number of American Idol fans.

          • CactusRose says:

            You should be a casting agent! Seacrest as Vince would be so spot on!! And Adam Lambert would be great as Danny Zuko, too.

          • wingsstef says:

            LOL, why no Jena and Pia? They are good singes. Though I do like many of your cast choices.

          • wingsstef says:

            Of course I meant “singers” not “singes”.

    • Dave says:

      She can’t sing OR act!

  2. Annie says:

    Darren Criss, please

    • Steven says:

      Love me some darren

    • ellis says:

      no he’s limited acting skills, he only knows how to make doe eyes and had a hard time catching his breath while singing live as I’ve seen first hand on how to succeed

    • Pepper says:

      I heard from fox insiders Ryan Murphy and his gf (wiht the help of her rich daddy) are making doing their best to get him a slot on the musical, both of these two has a lot of clout on entertainment business that keeps him employed

  3. S says:

    2 more reasons I won’t be watching.

  4. Brandon says:


  5. Jenny says:

    Seriously do they not want people to watch. I could see Vanessa as Sandy. But no way did I see Julianne as Sandy. She was the weakest link in Rock of Ages. Looks like this is heading for a train wreck.

  6. Laura says:

    Can not wait!!
    Jeremy Jordan or Darren Criss for Danny!

  7. Linda Secor says:

    James Maslow would make the role of Danny Zuko sizzle!!!!!

  8. Et al says:

    If not for Empire, I would have questioned if Fox would have even been on the air at the end of 2016

    • Et al says:

      Sorry, I misread. For some reason I thought this said december 31st 2016, which makes no sense, then neither does Fox most of the time. A merger of this and Pitbul’s New Years would have been a hilarious disaster that I would have tuned in for.

  9. Fea says:

    Adam Lambert as Danny.

  10. Emma says:

    Ugh no, are you kidding me? Neither of them can act or sing- does Fox need to wait a year so they can have acting/singing lessons? I’m not sure who I expected Fox to pick but it wasn’t these two.

  11. londonguy68 says:

    Didn’t realise this was happening. Great choice and much better than NBC’s planned options of Music Man or the Wiz.

  12. behzadbyhimself says:

    They’ll wait an entire year to do it?

  13. Dani says:

    I’ll pass on this one

  14. kirads09 says:

    No thanks. I would rather watch the movie with Olivia and John and the gang. Only Grease for me.

  15. Letti says:

    I’m glad for Vanessa, but Julianne…um.

  16. CK says:

    This sounds like an elaborate joke. I mean whoever did this casting should be fire. You either stunt cast with relatively (relevant) famous people or you cast for the sake of skill/talent. Instead, they cast two people who are, for most people, unknown, or b-list (I’m being nice) if known. I mean, Hough’s biggest claim to fame is dressing up as Crazy Eyes for most people. And they’ve shown that their lacking in the things needed to pull off a live show production, Hough (singing and acting) and Hudgins ( acting and singing). Why not just get someone from Glee? And that’s from a guy who can’t stand Glee at the moment.

  17. Aprilcot says:

    I *was* looking forward to this as Grease has been one of my favorite musicals since I was a kid. Think I’m going to take a pass now. :(

  18. JEF says:

    I just can’t.

  19. Emma says:

    Darren Criss would be perfect

  20. Timmah says:

    Worst. Casting. Ever.

  21. BBD says:

    Kellie Pickler would have made a great Sandy. Julianne. . . . . ugh! Great dancer no pipes : (

    • Piers says:

      But Sandy has to dance for the National Dance Off. Can Kellie Pickler pull that off? Come to think of it Julianne would make more sense as Cha Cha De Gregorio.

  22. adam says:

    In defense of the casting choices Vanessa Hudgens did star in one of the more popular musical disney tv movies around, all three of them actually the last one going to the big screen. As for Julianne Hough yes Rock of Ages was terrible, i mean really terrible, but Footloose was not. Also, she is very familiar with live programs because of dancing with the stars.

  23. Basti says:

    this is FOX they rather get cast member due to their marketability than talent,

  24. pamela g says:


  25. Amanda says:

    Aaron Tveit This name sounds good. He preformed at Graceland and it sounds like he would be a good fit for the roll of Danny.

  26. Kitty says:

    Zach efron as Danny for sure!

  27. Matt says:

    Adam Lambert as Danny. He would kill it and he is already been on Broadway so we know he can act. And he has a great voice that would fit perfectly for the role. Zac Efron would be great too but that would be kind of awkward considering Vanessa is in it. It would be too much like HSM.

  28. Denise Miraglia says:

    I think John Lloyd Young would be great to play Danny. He can sing dance and act. He knows about performing live from being on Broadway in Jersey Boys and Le Miz. He would definitely sing the songs great. He has a huge world wide fan base. He is definitely worth thinking about. Thank you for listening.p

  29. The role of Danny Zuko should go to Nolan Funk hands down!!! There’s no one more perfect for this role than Nolan!!!

  30. Nolan Funk should play Danny Zuko!! No question!!! I hope Fox gets this right!!

  31. Cher says:

    Olivia Newton wasn’t any great talent. At least Julianne is fun to watch because she is a top live performer. She is full of energy and has the kind of girl next door look about her that is perfect for Sandy. I think Mark Ballas from DWTStars would make a great Danny. Grease is a high energy musical and great dancing moves are a must. Celine Dione has an incredible voice, but wouldn’t make much of a Sandy.

    • s. shapiro says:

      lots to choose from its 2016 you can have an intergrated cast especially naya rivera
      amber riley adam lambert zac efrom other high school alumni
      jane lynch as the principal