Vanessa Hudgens as Rizzo, Julianne Hough as Sandy in Grease on FOX
FOX isn’t going to let NBC be the only live-musical event in town, the network announced two new cast-members for the upcoming live performance of ‘Grease,’ expected to air later this month. The network has cast Julianne Hough as good-girl Sandy, and Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical) in the role of bad-girl Rizzo. The live-performance is set to air on January 31, 2015.
“Grease is one of the movies that made me want to be an entertainer, and I have literally been waiting my whole life to play Sandy,” said Hough in a statement. “My siblings and I watched it and played it out over and over when we were kids. This is my dream role and performing it live on television will be one of the most thrilling opportunities I’ve had in my career so far.”
Hudgens talked about her character at the event saying, “Being Rizzo is something I’ve never imagined, and I love that because it will be a new challenge. She is such an iconic character that continues to transcend generations. I cannot wait to bring her to life on live television. I’m going to be a Pink Lady!”
If you want to catch the production it will air at 7pm, it will be executive produced by Marc Platt andvis still based on the original musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey.
FOX is going after NBC with the live-action programming, NBC has seen tremendous success with ‘The Sound of Music’ and ‘Peter Pan’ in both ratings and on social media. Not to be outdone, NBC announced that it will bring ‘The Wiz,’ and ‘The Music Man’ to the network eventually, but stopped short of saying which would air first.