Grease Live

Grease: Live Team on Creating 'Family-Friendly' Fare, New Song Additions

Fox’s Grease: Live (airing Sunday, Jan. 31) may sound a little different from the movie version beloved by fans.

The musical event will take “the best of the film” as well as “songs from the original stage production,” executive producer Marc Platt said Friday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena. “We’re combining them into an experience that we think works for live television.”

In addition to featuring the tunes “Those Magic Changes” and “Freddy My Love” from the stage production, Grease: Live will include an original song performed by Carly Rae Jepsen’s Frenchie. (Speaking of the iconic character, the movie’s original Frenchie, Didi Conn, will play Vi, the waitress who with interacts with the wannabe beautician.)

Director Thomas Kail (Hamilton) assured that the Fox broadcast will be a “family-friendly show, with the appropriate edge,” so don’t expect to hear some of the more sexually explicit lyrics. However, the question of whether Sandy “put up a fight” during her summer lovin’ with Danny, as well a certain plot point involving a possibly knocked-up teen, remain part of the story.

“Rizzo does still have a pregnancy scare and that moves her into this darker attitude,” her portrayer Vanessa Hudgens said.

As for Grease‘s original stars, John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John “haven’t reached out with tips, but they’ve both been enormously supportive and sent a lot of love,” Platt shared. “For them, Grease is such an iconic part of each of their careers. The fact that it’s lived on for so many years has been a blessing to them. They’re very excited about it, and I know they’ll be watching on the night of.”

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21 Comments
  1. “(Speaking of the iconic character, the movie’s original Frenchie, Didi Conn, will play Vi, the waitress who with interacts with the wannabe beautician.)”

    Cool.

  2. “don’t expect to hear some of the more sexually explicit lyrics” not as cool. I hope they don’t use the altered versions from Glee or anything like that.

  3. Amanda says:

    I’m looking forward to it. “Grease” is one of my favorite musicals and I love Aaron Tveit so I will totally watch. As for the songs I like they’re adding in some from the Broadway version as well as the film. My own high school production, which I was one of the chorus, did the same thing and they too had to tone down some of the lyrics because of it being a school production so makes sense. The Broadway version actually had more of that than the film.

  4. JosiahBartlet4President says:

    No one can compare to Stockard Channing’s Rizzo. She brought depth and vulnerability to the character in a way that I doubt anyone else could.

  5. Tara17 says:

    Really glad they’re fully featuring “Those Magic Changes” and “Freddy My Love”. Looking forward to this.

  6. r0ckmypants says:

    Mooning? Shaking at the High School Hop? It’s Raining on Prom Night? Rock and Roll Party Queen?

    I’m assuming all are cut since they weren’t mentioned…

  7. ceebee says:

    Julianne Hough is so ANNOYING!! Stop trying to make Fetch happen!!

  8. Dr. M says:

    Because what Grease really needs is a new song 38 years later.

    I was hoping TV had matured enough to bring us a more stage version-like translation… not a G-rated movie version with a confusing mix of songs.

  9. David says:

    I was excited for this, but now that Didi Conn is playing Vi, I am all in! Not so sure about Boyz II Men, but we’ll see. I can’t wait to watch this! Grease has always been my favorite movie, but I’ve also seen the stage show several times and I am really looking forward to this new production.

  10. Annie says:

    So they make it “family friendly” but don’t remove the rape line? K. What exactly did they remove then – all the consensual sex elements?

  11. Timmah says:

    So I guess a PG movie from the 70s is too racy for today’s standards and needs to be watered down. This is shaping up to be a truly terrible trainwreck. Which means of course I can’t wait!

  12. susan colson says:

    it will not stand up to the original. I loved the movie it was a good movie this will not last. They have all the wrong characters not going to watch its will not last long.