It’s been three years since NBC decided to bring back the live television musical, and this weekend FOX threw its hat in the ring. Unlike the ones NBC has done, FOX attempted to produce Grease: LIVE as more of a hybrid between movie and musical, and they also had a live audience. So how did it go? Let’s talk.
Overall, the people were pretty good. Here’s our analysis:
We were a little skeptical when this was announced, but Julianne pulled it off. Her dancing was obviously on point, and the singing was better than expected.
One of the only Broadway actors in Grease, Aaron did a great job. He’s hot and dangerous, and that’s how we like it.
Vanessa did a great job for the most part, especially considering her dad died the day before. Yikes.
They fucking wrote a new song for her and it was fucking terrible. She’s dead to us.
QUEEN. Keke gave the show the sass it needs, and we love her for it.
This was weird. There’s usually only one Teen Angel, so this sort of felt more like a Boyz II Men concert than a song in a musical.
There were some other fun appearances too, like Joe Jonas as the singer at the dance, Mario Lopez as the creepy television host, and Ana Gasteyer (Cady’s mom from Mean Girls) as the Principal.
One of the best things about Grease was that they used actual giant sets, instead of doing it in one studio like NBC. This meant the cast had to get on golf carts between scenes to get from set to set, which set us up for the best moment of the night. At the very end, the entire cast drove themselves from the gym to the carnival while singing We Go Together. One of the golf carts went over a curb, and almost fucking tipped over. Everything was okay, but the sheer terror in their faces for that one moment was priceless.
Overall, Grease was a lot of fun. Was it perfect? No. But it’s a step in the right direction. NBC has already announced they’re doing Hairspray this fall, and they better fucking bring it.