Julianne Hough and Vanessa Hudgens Join FOX’s Live ‘Grease’

NBC made headlines by announcing that the choice for its next live musical is between The Music Man and The Wiz. But FOX is looking to top that announcement by revealing they’ve begun casting their own live musical extravaganza.

Dancing With the Stars alum Julianne Hough has joined the cast of FOX’s live production of the hit 1971 Broadway musical
Grease. She will play the lead role of naive high schooler Sandy Olsson, the part played by Olivia Newton-John in the 1978 film version. This is hardly her first go-around with a musical either, as Hough previously starred as the female lead in the 2012 film adaptation of Rock of Ages.

“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,” Hough said. “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.”

Also joining the cast is someone who knows a thing or two about TV musicals: High School Musical alum Vanessa Hudgens will play the role of Rizzo, Rydell High’s resident bad-girl.

Hudgens, for her part, seems even more excited than Hough: “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!”

No other casting decisions have been announced yet, but I’m interested to see whom they get to play Danny Zuko. My mind is so locked on John Travolta from years of watching the movie, that I can hardly imagine anyone else in the role. Any suggestions? And what do you think of the casting? Did FOX make the right call? If not, who should they have picked? Lastly, do you think this will be a ratings smash on the scale of The Sound of Music Live!, or a ratings disappointment on the scale of Peter Pan Live! last month? Sound off in the comments!

H/T: Entertainment Weekly

Julianne Hough and Vanessa Hudgens Join FOX's Live 'Grease'

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