Join the rollicking gang at Rydell High with GREASE: LIVE, a one-night musical television adaptation of the popular crossover musical "Grease" - performed LIVE before a studio audience! Featuring a talented young ensemble cast, GREASE: LIVE will reintroduce and reimagine the unforgettable moments, great music, and timeless love story to an entirely new generation.
It was 22 years ago when I first saw the original "Grease" on home video. I was 6 years old at the time and around the time I turned 10, it turned 20. I watched it and I love it more than ever. After that, I didn't think the magic of the 1978 movie could ever be recaptured.
Until the night "Grease Live" aired...
It not only retained the magic and spirit of the movie and original Broadway musical, it had its own unique style that made it enjoyable & accessible for the current generation of young people who didn't grow up watching the original movie. There was not a single flaw in the production and everyone involved in front of and behind the camera did a spectacular job.
As for the DVD itself, having only 10 minutes of special features, which pretty much covers all aspects of the production in surprisingly informative 4-minute vignettes, was impressive enough for me. I just hope that other live TV musicals can live up to the same kind of quality that "Grease Live" had. Definitely worth the watch!
Best live performance of Grease. Very high production quality. Great lead roles. Considering it was a live TV broadcast, there were hardly any glitches and the blocking was astounding. I think I like this version slightly better than the Travolta version . . . with minor exceptions: 1. Choreography was fabulous, but "Greased Lightning" has an established choreography that should have been at least worked into this version. This version made the leads look like they were brushing ants off their bodies. 2. Beauty School Dropout was well-performed by Boyz 2 Men but didn't have as much as a 50's feel. Plus the song works better with a real crooner from the "era". I would have gone with Michael Bublé or someone similar. Also the new song before Beauty School Dropout was a lovely song for Frenchy to sing, but needed to be re-written in the 50's mode. It was too modern. Other than those two issues, I think this version had lots to offer in camera work, blocking, youth (the cast overall looked younger than the Travolta cast, but still could have been a bit younger. This is high school, after all), audio quality, better innuendos, and better logic (i.e.. using the nerd to win the race, the reason behind Sandy backing out of the dance, etc.). I love this version.
Any fan of the Travolta film will love this adaptation that perfectly melds the stage musical and the film. Tommy Kail masterfully directs this feat of live television, battling the weather and a live audience. Julianne Hough's dance experience helps her nail the role of Sandy, while Aaron Tveit has a James Dean type swagger as Danny Zuko. Stand outs are Vanessa Hudgens as Rizzo and Jordan Fisher as Doody. For all those who say "But it's not Grease" or "He's no Travolta", I say that this is more of a modern interpretation, and it is truly well done.
Loved it. Happy movie that always leaves me with a smile on my face. Pretty amazing when you think of what they had to do to accomplish this. It set a very high bar for all of the TV musical remakes that have followed it. Bonus: it introduced me to the mega-talented Aaron Tveit. I was unaware of him since I live about as far away from Broadway as you can get without falling into the Pacific!
I was lucky enough to watch the original Grease in a movie theatre, then later VHS and DVD. After watching the DVD of Grease Live without getting a guided while they aired it. It's basically has the same theme and songs. Just brought it to 2016. Even though they kept the 1950's as part of the theme, before desegregation, 2016 version the times we're living now. I would recommend this to anyone that asks about it. Being a movie buff, I tend to watch movies I buy several times, because you will see something different each time. Kudos to cast the LIVE show.
This is a terrific musical and brilliantly done. Superb cast, great dancing, imaginative sets, magnificently photographed (an enormous chaleenge and they succeeded). Aaron Tveit is perfect as Danny but the whole cast is very talented and likeable! I've watched this three times since it first aired. A joyous escape.
I have nothing aganst remakes except the fact that i can't completely forget about the original. I think the cast is full of talent (special kudos to Vanessa Hudgens, whose father passed away the day before), yet they just aren't the orgianl movie cast. I saw this on televsion when it first aired and the cutout music during the prom has been restored. Also, Julianne Hough's vocals aren't clouded with static on "Hopelessly Devoted to You." Despite a valiant effort it lacks the magic of the 1978 film.
Phenomenal! Smashing version of Greased Lightening! This is a joyous and fun live performance captured on DVD to be enjoyed at will. This is truly a remarkable production with an outstandingly talented cast. Aaron Tveit is particularly wonderful as Danny, and Vanessa Hudgens is a fabulous Rizzo. This set the bar for televised musicals.