Theatre Vets Added to Creative Team of Fox's "Grease: Live"

News   Theatre Vets Added to Creative Team of Fox's "Grease: Live" Additional creative team members have been announced for Fox-TV's "Grease: Live," which will be broadcast Jan. 31, 2016, beginning at 7 PM ET; check local listings.

The final creative team for the live musical, which is executive-produced by Marc Platt and directed by Thomas Kail, will also include award-winning theatre vets Tom Kitt (music supervision), David Korins (production design) and William Ivey Long (costume design).

Kail (Hamilton, In the Heights) is the director overseeing the stage direction, and Alex Rudzinski will serve as the live television director. The creative team also features "Glee" and "Annie" choreographer Zach Woodlee.

The cast for the TV presentation will be led by Julianne Hough as Sandy, Aaron Tveit as Danny Zuko, Andrew Call as Sonny, David Del Rio as Putzie, Kether Donohue as Jan, Jordan Fisher as Doody, Ana Gasteyer as Principal, Vanessa Hudgens as Rizzo, Carly Rae Jepsen as Frenchie, Mario Lopez as Vince Fontaine, Carlos PenaVega as Kenickie and KeKe Palmer as Marty.

Grammy Award-nominated singer Jessie J will open the live event with a performance of a brand-new version of "Grease (Is the Word)," originally written by Barry Gibb for the hit film version of the classic musical.

The original 1972 Broadway production was choreographed by Patricia Birch, who also did the 1978 film version and its sequel. Grease: Live, according to Fox, "will reintroduce and reimagine some of the show's most memorable moments, great music and timeless love story to an entirely new generation. In this live television adaptation of the musical classic, the beginning of senior year means the end of Danny and Sandy's summer romance – until Sandy unexpectedly transfers to Danny's high school. With their friends pulling them in different directions, it's up to Danny and Sandy to stay hopelessly devoted as they make their way from Rydell High to a new frontier."

Grease: Live is a Paramount Television production, executive-produced by Platt.

Broadway writers Robert Cary and Jonathan Tolins are writing the television adaptation based on the original musical Grease by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, and Paramount Pictures’ 1978 feature adaptation.

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