PLAYBILL POLL: Who Should Play Danny and Sandy in 2015 Live TV Presentation of Grease? Readers Respond

By Jared Clough
May 4, 2014

Fox recently announced that it will broadcast a live presentation of the hit musical Grease in 2015. This news made us wonder: Who should star as Danny and Sandy in this upcoming TV production?



Playbill.com polled our readers via Facebook and Twitter. Their responses follow:

Jeremy Jordan

First up: The Dannys.

Diana Puertas: I would love to see Jeremy Jordan.

Laura Beth Dailey: Jeremy Jordan as Danny.

Lyndsay Wilshaw:  Jordan sounds amazing.

Nathan Clift: Jeremy Jordan

Margaret Daisy Rose: Jeremy Jordan as Danny.

Michael A. Dendy: Danny: Jeremy Jordan


Savannah Hunt: Oh god Jeremy Jordan!

Tracey Chiriboga: Jeremy Jordan as Danny

Gwion Jones: Jeremy Jordan

Matt Ian: Jeremy Jordan

Lea Passione: Jeremy Jordan

Jeremy Jordan was most recently seen on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning musical Newsies. He received Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Astaire Award nominations for his performance as Jack Kelly in that Disney production. He has also been seen on Broadway in Bonnie and Clyde, Rock of Ages and West Side Story.

Max Crumm


Meg Rojahn: Max Crum. America wanted to see him as Danny once, so do it again.

Tara Leighton: Max Crumm!

Kobe Kramer: Max Crumb


A California native, Max Crumm was the winner of the NBC reality show "Grease: You're the One That I Want," allowing him to make his Broadway debut opposite Laura Osnes in the 2007 revival of Grease. He was also seen off-Broadway in F#%king Up Everything and Disaster!

Zac Efron

Jean Lohrius: Zac Efron.

Zac Efron established himself as a teen idol after starring as Troy Bolton in the 2006 Disney Channel Original Movie "High School Musical." He also starred as Link Larkin in the film adaption of the Broadway musical Hairspray.

Stark Sands
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Alison Loughlin: Stark Sands

A two-time Tony nominee, Stark Sands was most recently seen in the Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots. He also originated the role of Tunny in the 2010 Green Day-inspired musical American Idiot.

Jake Epstein

Garrett Canna: Jake Epstein.

Jake Epstein is currently starring as Jerry Goffin in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, which recently received seven 2014 Tony Award nominations including Best Musical. He also starred as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark.

Matt Shingledecker

Lyndsay Brianne: Matt Shingledecker

Matt Shingledecker made is Broadway debut in 2006 in the Tony-winning Spring Awakening. He was most recently seen as Tony in the 2009 revival of West Side Story.

Justin Guarini

Alex Poage: Justin Guarini!

Justin Guarini was most recently seen in the 2013 revival of Romeo and Juliet, starring Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad. He has also been seen on Broadway in Wicked, American Idiot and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.

Kara Lindsay

Next up:  the Sandys.

Diana Puertas: I would love to see Kara Lindsay

Alison Loughlin: Kara Lindsay

Kara Lindsay originated the role of Katherine in the 2012 musical Newsies, a performance that earned her an Astaire Award nomination for Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Show. She recently left the cast of Newsies to star as Glinda in the current national tour of Wicked.

Laura Osnes
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Laura Beth Dailey: Laura Osnes as Sandy

Lyndsay Wilshaw: Osnes .

Nathan Clift: Laura Osnes

Margaret Daisy Rose:  Laura Osnes as Sandy.

Michael A. Dendy: 
Sandy: Laura Osnes

Savannah Hunt: Oh god Laura Osnes!


Meg Rojahn: Laura Osnes

Tara Leighton: Laura Osnes!

Lyndsay Brianne: Laura Osnes 

A two-time Tony Award nominee, Laura Osnes was most recently seen in the Off-Broadway revival of The Threepenny Opera, for which she received a 2014 Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical. Her Broadway credits include Cinderella, Bonnie and Clyde, Anything Goes, South Pacific and Grease.

Annaleigh Ashford
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Tracey Chiriboga: Annaleigh Ashford as Sandy

Gwion Jones: Annaleigh Ashford

Annaleigh Ashford was most recently seen on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots, for which she received a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She has also been seen on Broadway in Wicked, Legally Blonde and Hair as well as in the Off-Broadway premiere of Dogfight.

Anna Kendrick
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Matt Ian: Anna Kendrick

Anna Kendrick made her Broadway debut in 1998 in High Society, a performance that earned her a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She also played Fredrika Armfeldt in the New York City Opera production of A Little Night Music and will be seen as Cathy Hyatt in the film adaption of The Last Five Years.

Katharine McPhee
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Lea Passione:  Katherine McPhee

Katherine McPhee rose to fame in the fifth season of the Fox realtiy show "American Idol," eventually finishing as runner-up. She also starred in the leading role of Karen Cartwright in the NBC original series "Smash."

Jessie Mueller

Garrett Canna: Jessie Mueller 

Jessie Mueller just received her second Tony Award nomination for her performance in the title role of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. A master of accents and impersonations, check out this video of her performing "Beautiful" as some of the various characters she has played on Broadway.

Lindsay Mendez
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Kobe Kramer: Lindsay Mendez 

Lindsay Mendez recently starred as the tenth anniversary Elphaba in the international hit musical Wicked. She has also been seen in the Broadway productions of Godspell, Everyday Rapture and Grease.