1971, a date musical fanatics and Chicago can never forget. But it was the year 1978 that had a huge impact on me and thousands upon thousands of other people, young and old, across the world. 1978 was the glorious year Grease was turned into a motion picture, with stars John Travolta as Danny Zuko and Olivia Newton-John as Sandy Dumbrowski.
Set in 1959, seniors, Danny, Sandy, Riz/Rizzo (or Betty, if you will), and the rest of the T-Birds, Pink Ladies, and Rydell students go through twists and turns of teenage life. Grease tackles love, friendship, adolescence, peer pressure, sex, and class struggle.
Just last January 31, Fox released a live, television adaptation of Grease. Grease: Live was directed by Thomas Kail and produces by Marc Platt, with a more than talented production team to help them out. Special guests like Jessie J, Boys II Men, DNCE, and Joe Jonas made appearances and sang in the live production.
Well-known and brilliant singers, actors, and performers like two-time Dancing with the Stars champion Julianne Hough, High School Musical sweetheart Vanessa Hudgens, and many others like Jordan Fisher, Carly Rae Jepsen, Keke Palmer, and Aaron Tveit play unique and loveable characters in the television special.
What made my heart melt even more? The cameos! Didi Conn who played Frenchy in the 1978 motion picture, and Barry Peal who played Doody, appeared in a few shots in the production. I must say, even my parents recognized the older Frenchy at first glance. To our delight, we discovered that the television producer in the show was the older Doody. And in the finale, she wore her original Pink Lady jacket!
Grease: Live had plenty of changes. There were new songs, different takes on issues, but still manage to keep its old school charm. As a broadcast communication student, I was able to appreciate even more the cast and the crew. This production is no joke. It is extraordinary. Everything was clean cut and felt so thought after. Bravo, Grease: Live!
“A lot of people have asked what it means to be the Associate Director on a show like Grease Live. Here’s a peek behind the curtain. Every shot in the show was designed and scripted by our director Alex Rudzinski. My job was to execute that plan. You hear me calling shot numbers and camera moves carefully coordinated with the music. My head stays in the script and Alex, to my right, keeps an eye on cameras to adjust framing and pacing. #GreaseLive”
Know more about Grease: Live at http://www.fox.com/grease-live
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