The network will rebroadcast three episodes — "The casting search continues," "Top contenders' intense training" and "The 12 finalists perform" (the latter a misnomer as two "second chance" auditioners returned) — of the talent competition series that will cast the next Broadway Danny and Sandy in Grease.
Viewers will be able to once again vote for their favorites during the telecast. When the show returns live Feb. 11, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber will appear as a guest judge on the panel with Grease creator Jim Jacobs, director-choreographer Kathleen Marshall and British producer David Ian.
The results of America's voting will be revealed and the first Sandy and Danny hopeful will be cut. The remaining 12 finalists will perform for the Broadway-themed episode, which will feature half of the contestants singing songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals and the other half from other popular musicals. (Voting will continue during the Feb. 4 repeat episode.)
Among Lloyd Webber's musicals include Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Song & Dance, Cats, Starlight Express, The Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love, Sunset Boulevard, Whistle Down the Wind and The Woman in White. The composer served as judge on BBC's similar "How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?" competition show and will follow that up with another BBC show, "Any Dream Will Do," which will cast a Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat revival.
* "Access Hollywood" co-anchor Billy Bush and U.K. television and theatre star Denise Van Outen host the show.
Paul Nicholas and David Ian Associates, Nederlander Presentations and Phoenix Productions will produce the Broadway run of the show. The capitalization is $10 million.
The new Broadway production will feature the Jim Jacobs-Warren Casey songs made famous by the original musical — including "Summer Nights," "Greased Lightning" and "We Go Together" — as well as the four additional film songs: "Grease is the Word," "You're the One That I Want," "Hopelessly Devoted to You" and "Sandy" interpolated into the score.
Tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster outlets. Group sales for Grease are available by calling Nederlander Group Sales at (212) 840-3890.
The NBC official website for the show can be found at nbc.com/Grease.