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On Sunday, January 31, grease is the word! The first ever production of Grease: LIVE is airing later this month on CTV and we’re more excited than a greaser on the last day of school (that’s really excited).
The upcoming Grease: LIVE special will mark the first time the 1978 film has been performed live on television and will feature some of today’s best triple threat entertainers. Julianne Hough, Aaron Tveit, Vanessa Hudgens, Keke Palmer and Carly Rae Jepsen are set to take on the iconic roles in the January 31 special, which will also include performances from Joe Jonas’ DNCE, Jessie J and Boys II Men.
Before you start practicing your hand jive and grabbing Twinkies as your viewing snack, let’s get to know the incredible cast of Grease: LIVEGrease: LIVE airs Sunday, January 31 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV before launching exclusively to all CraveTV subscribers on Feb. 19.
Julianne Hough as Sandy
Best Known For: Film roles in Safe Haven, Footloose, Rock Of Ages, Burlesque and the upcoming film Dirty Grandpa
Singing and Dancing Skills: Two-time Dancing With The Stars Champ, star of the MOVE Live On Tour 2015, and winner of the Top New Female Vocalist Award at the 2009 Country Music Awards.
Live TV Experience: Approximately EVERY season of Dancing With The Stars
Why She’ll Be A Great Sandy: If Hough can successfully pull off an Australian accent we’re pretty sure she can be considered the not-so-lost secret daughter of Olivia Newton-John.
Aaron Tveit as Danny Zuko
Best Known For: The Academy Award winning film adaptation of Les Miserables and the TV series Graceland and Gossip Girl
Singing and Dancing Skills: Tveit is a bona fide Broadway star, appearing in Catch Me If You Can, Wicked, Hairspray, Rent, and the Pulitzer Prize winning Next To Normal.
Live TV Experience: If you can make it here (Broadway in New York), you can make it anywhere (live TV).
Why He’ll Be A Great Danny: Tveit has the charm and charisma to make any pink lady fall in love.
Vanessa Hudgens as Rizzo
Best Known For: High School Musical, Spring Breakers, Gimme Shelter
Singing and Dancing Skills: Hudgens has a long background in musical theatre and recently made her Broadway debut in the title role in Gigi.
Live TV Experience: In addition to Broadway, Hudgens also recently starred as Mimi in Rent at the Hollywood Bowl. It’s not live TV, but pretty close.
Why She’ll Be A Great Rizzo: The diversity of Hudgens film and theater roles make us confident that we’d believe her as just about anyone.
Keke Palmer as Marty
Best Known For: Akeelah and the Bee, True Jackson VP, Scream Queens
Singing and Dancing Skills: Palmer was the first African American actress to play Cinderella on Broadway. She has also released a solo album, So Uncool.
Live TV Experience: Palmer produced and starred in the Nickelodeon musical Rags in 2012.
Why She’ll Be A Great Marty: We can’t wait to see Palmer show off her acting, singing and dancing talents as the pen-pal loving Marty.
Carly Rae Jepsen as Frenchy
Best Known For: Her 2012 nominated single Call Me Maybe
Singing and Dancing Skills: The MMVA, Billboard and Juno-winning, Grammy nominated Jepsen made the leap to Broadway last year when she starred as Cinderella and Rodgers and Hammersteins famous play.
Live TV Experience: She placed third on Season 5 of Canadian Idol and has performed twice at the MMVAs.
Why She’ll Be A Great Frenchy: Jepsen’s 2015 critically acclaimed EMOTION failed to make an impact on the charts and we’re hoping her turn as the sassy, beauty school dropout Frenchy will give album new interest.
Best Known For: You’re The Worst, Pitch Perfect
Singing and Dancing Skills: Donohue has displayed her impressive pipes in You’re the Worst and on Pitch Perfect and has also starred in off-Broadway plays.
Live TV Experience: None, which makes the upcoming Grease: Live ever more exciting!
Why She’ll Be A Great Jan: Donohue is hilarious as Lindsay in You’re The Worst and her over the top acting abilities will translate perfectly to Jan.
Carlos Penavega as Kenickie
Best Known For: Big Time Rush
Singing and Dancing Skills: Graduate of the Boston Conservatory and founding member of the TV and music group Big Time Rush
Live TV Experience: Penavega placed fourth on last season of Dancing With The Stars
Why He’ll Be A Great Kenickie: Penavega’s likability will make bad boy Kenickie endearing to audiences.