Julianne Hough lands lead in FOX’s live Grease musical… as Vanessa Hudgens …

20 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Julianne Hough will play Sandy in Fox’s ‘Grease’ live musical.

And surely piquing viewer interest will be its lead female stars, Julianne Hough and Vanessa Hudgens, who have been cast as good girl Sandy and the rebellious Rizzo, respectively.

Fox revealed the stars of “Scream Queens,” its new comedy-horror anthology series: “Glee” star Lea Michele, Joe Manganiello (“True Blood,” “Magic Mike XXL”), Oscar nominee Abigail Breslin (“Little Miss Sunshine”) and Keke Palmer (“Akeela and the Bee,” “Masters of Sex”). — Proving it’s hopelessly devoted to the idea of a live musical, Fox announced on Saturday that it has cast two key roles for its upcoming production of Grease.

The series hails from Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan and Dante Di Loreto, the executive producers of “Glee” and “American Horror Story.” Jamie Lee Curtis (“Halloween”) and Emma Roberts (“American Horror Story: Freak Show”) were previously announced in starring roles in the limited series. Dancing With the Stars judge Julianne Hough will take on the role of Sandy, made famous by Olivia Newton-John in the 1978 movie, while High School Musical alum Vanessa Hudgens will play Rizzo. Fox has ordered fifteen one-hour episodes of the series, which is scheduled to begin production in the spring and will premiere next fall. “Scream Queens” is produced by 20th Century Fox Television in association with Ryan Murphy Television.

I’m going to be a Pink Lady!’ Gal pals: In Grease, Sandy (left) befriends the Pink Ladies – one of whom is Rizzo – the female companions to the greasers, the group her love interest is a part of Fox heads Dana Walden and Gary Newman made the announcement during the network’s presentation at the Television Critics Association press tour, which has been taking place in Pasadena over the last two weeks. In fact, there’s a lot Fox is aiming to get right with this production, especially after NBC’s Peter Pan Live in 2014 failed to live up to the ratings set by surprise hit Sound of Music Live in 2013.

It will be a Paramount Television production. “‘Grease’ is one of the most treasured and favored pop culture phenomenons of our time,” said Platt. “It’s fun, it’s endearing and we are so excited to reimagine this iconic story with a shared entertainment event suited for today’s audience.” “‘Grease’ is one of the movies that made me want to be an entertainer, and I have literally been waiting my whole life to play Sandy,” said Hough. “Being Rizzo is something I’ve never imagined, and I love that because it will be a new challenge,” added Hudgens. “I cannot wait to bring her to life on live television.

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