Review: Grease Live

By: Desiree Williams

Fox joined a new genre on Sunday by partnering with Paramount Television to produce a live musical. Grease Live aired on Jan. 31, 2016 for a one-day run starring Julianne Hough, Aaron Tveit and Vanessa Hudgens. For such an incredible production, one day is just not enough.

Grease is a classic and Grease Live hit all the main points from the movie and the stage production, and then went further. The entire production was alive and engaging. Cameras moved constantly, forming a 360 degree experience to keep the audience involved. Lighting changes and music added even more emotion to scenes. The three elaborate sets were absolutely amazing and the talented cast was just the cherry on top.

Julianne Hough was meant to play this part. With so much experience dancing, acting and singing, I couldn’t imagine a better person to play Sandy. Broadway veteran Aaron Tveit fit right into his role as Danny. His voice is outstanding and he definitely has the moves. A special nod goes out to Vanessa Hudgens for such a fantastic performance after announcing only hours earlier that her father passed away due to cancer. Rarely does Hudgens play the bad girl, but boy does she do it well. Hudgens had the voice and the presence you expect from Rizzo, and she stole the scene.  

Grease Live grabbed attention right from the opening scene as Jessie J walked through Warner Bros. Studios, interacted with the live audience and gave fans a peek backstage. With such attention to detail and a charming tone, my eyes stayed glued to the screen. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to watch it again.