Mario Lopez Grease Live

Grease: Live: Mario Lopez to Play TV Host Vince Fontaine in Fox Musical

Grease is the word for Mario Lopez — and we’re not just talking about the amount of product in his sleek ‘do.

The TV and radio personality has joined Fox’s live staging of the classic musical, playing — quite fittingly — charismatic “Bandstand National Dance-Off” host Vince Fontaine.

Lopez joins a cast that includes Julianne Hough (Dancing With the Stars) as Sandy, Aaron Tveit (Graceland) as Danny, Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical) as Rizzo, Carlos PenaVega (Big Time Rush) as Kenickie, Keke Palmer (Scream Queens) as Marty, Kether Donohue (You’re the Worst) as Jan, David Del Rio (Pitch Perfect) as Putzie and pop star Carly Rae Jepsen as Frenchy.

As previously reported, singer Jessie J will open the show with a live performance of “Grease (Is the Word).”

Grease: Live will air Sunday, Jan. 31, at 7/6c on Fox. Hit the comments with your thoughts on Lopez’s casting.

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  1. Rebecca says:

    The real question I have is who’s playing Frenchie’s guardian angel…..

  2. J. Norman says:

    The choices for Dannie and Kenickie look meak and nothing close to greasers.

    Julianne Hough looks a little old for the role, but a good choice otherwise.

    Vanessa Hudgens would make a better Marty than Rizzo.

    The one they have cast as Frenchy – on looks alone – would be a more believable Rizzo.

    Mario Lopez is a good choice as Vince Fontaine.

    And finally, and, sigh, I know I’ll get screamed at as being a racist, but why does the show need a black Marty other than to be politically correct. She would be better as Jan.

    • Lynne says:

      Julianne looks too old for the role? You realize the original cast were in their late 20s to early 30s, right? All playing teenagers.

      Liking the cast so far, but this one is definitely the best so far!

    • Becca says:

      Because Keke Palmer is an amazing talent.

  3. kpflat says:

    Hope he doesn’t CHEAT on his wife on set like he did on his first wife. This guy is garbage. Hosts a TV show about gossip and he’s the biggest creep of em all. I guess abs and dimples count more to women than fidelity and class. Says everything about the culture today.

  4. Lyn says:

    I wish Fox had done this with the entire cast being former American Idol contestants, except Ryan Seacrest as Vince Fontaine. Carrie Underwood as Sandy, Adam Lambert as Danny, Haley Reinhart as Rizzo, Clay Aiken as Teen Angel etc.

  5. Ray Williams says:

    What’s with the black Marty and black coach?

    More lame lib Hollywood political correctness?

    At least Grease Live isn’t as unbearable as Sound of Music Live

  6. Kristina Totten says:

    I see the PC Police had a hand in casting. A black Pink Lady? Really? Grease is set in 1959. Most schools had only been de-segregated for about 5 years. However, we’re supposed to believe that a group of “tough” white girls not only befriended a black girl but made her part of their exclusive little group. The Pink Ladies were supposed to date the T-Birds too. A bunch of “Greasers” like the T-Birds were into interracial dating? Was there a lot of that in 1959 and I missed it?
    Also, a black football coach in 1959? Sure. The leader of American Band Stand as a Latino? Come on! I love all the multi-ethnic male cheer leaders too. Most guys nowadays wouldn’t be caught dead as a male cheer leader in High School much less in 1959. I’m all for diversity, but are we going to “sanitize” every classic now even if it doesn’t actually fit the historical narrative of the piece?
    There are a lot of amazing black actors out there, Keke Palmer included, and they deserve the chance to shine, but give me a break! Are we going to re-write every classic and make sure our kids grow up in a world where we can pretend slavery, racism, segregation and the Jim Crow Laws never happened? We’d better remember them. Those who forget their history are doomed to repeat it. We are still struggling with these issues and while I applaud the Producers efforts to create a diverse cast, some of their choices just didn’t make sense for the timeline of Grease, which just makes them yet another sad attempt to be politically correct. I’m not sure which is more racist, excluding black actors or casting them in traditionally “white” roles to throw them a bone and keep them from boycotting or throwing a fit about something else. Then it’s just pandering.

    • Honz Roeb says:

      Re: Kristina Totten comment:
      Yep, yep, and yep. Couldn’t have said it better myself. Absolutely stupid casting just to be “pc”. And what about that terrible performance by the principal’s sidekick, omg, absolutely awful.