MY FAVORITE PARTS OF GREASE LIVE
This is our fourth live musical of the past couple years and the first one on Fox. Overall it was a huge triumph and here's why...
- •The openingThe fake beach lasted just long enough before pulling back and revealing Jessie J who took us on a backstage tour while singing Grease is the Word. This set the tone right off the bat. A little bit of cheese but they were totally self aware. Everything else was just fun
- •The designTheatre designer David Korins did a fantastic job with the sets. There was a theatricality to them in the same way old MGM musicals had back in the 40s.
- •DoodyThose Magic Changes turned me on so much.
- •The cameosDidi Cann and Eve Plumb were wonderful borderline campy additions to the cast.
- •Freddy My Love costume/scene changePure theater magic. If you've ever seen Dreamgirls live, you know that trick has been used before, but boy does it WORK!
- •The live audienceI have been saying every year since Sound of Music that those NBC broadcasts need an audience. A live show needs energy and only a live audience can get that specific type of energy.
- •The camera workEspecially moments like the prom scene, that camera choreography was just as impressive as the dancing.
- •Vanessa Hudgens singing There Are Worse Things I Could DoWho would have guessed she could pull that off? Add in the fact that her dad died less than 24 hrs ago and she pushed through to do her job, and I have gained a LOT of respect for that girl. Kudos Vanessa.
- •The finalePays homage to the original without copying. Breaking that fourth wall again to watch the cast get on the golf carts was a lot of fun and make the audience aware of how much work went into this night.
- •BowsAnother downfall of the NBC broadcasts. Give the audience a chance to recognize the cast for their HARD work. That is not easy doing a three hour show with no real break. And this cast made it look like a walk in the park. Classy move.
- •Haneefah Wood as BlancheNo description necessary.