“‘Grease: Live!’ the Musical” becomes broadcast success

Live broadcast pays homage to original film

Lexy Perez, Arts & Entertainment Editor

If there was any way a time machine could be built and transport us all back to 1978 as students at Rydell High, nothing could be more magical.

Being that we don’t have Doc Brown’s Delorean time machine to do that, the “Grease: Live!” musical attempted to compensate for our inabilities to teleport back to the future.

Now I must admit that I haven’t been a fan of the recent live television musicals. Not to say that they were all absolutely horrible, but none have really captured my attention enough for me to fully watch them.

Luckily that all changed with the airing of “Grease: Live!”

Even if you live under a rock, producers ensured that advertisements were everywhere.

With a killer cast of famous actors, consistent airing of commercials and social media posts showing behind­-the­scenes pictures of rehearsals, it was hard to not be curious of it all. Like many others, I was ready to see what the madness was all about.

While watching it, I immediately felt like the vibe of the show was more elevated, exciting and more fun to watch than previously aired musicals. The cast seemed to genuinely enjoy themselves, living and breathing their characters. They acted as if they would give everything they had to ensure this was something special and worthy of paying homage to the original film.

Not to mention, the production, choreography, costumes, hair, etc. were so on point that it’s easy to appreciate something that was professionally executed with perfection.

The whole cast was great in their own ways, but the star of the show was none other than Vanessa Hudgens. Her portrayal of Rizzo was so flawless that it probably brought tears to Stockard Channing, who originally played the role. She perfected sass, spunk and wittiness, and it’s clear that she needs to be in more Broadway shows.

Julianne Hough also delivered a knockout performance as Sandy. I was surprised with how great she sounded live and how much she embodied everything that made Sandy so lovable.

Meanwhile, Aaron Tveit was someone that I had my reservations about. In the beginning of the broadcast, I felt like Hough easily outshines him. He seemed to resemble Jeff Conaway rather than a John Travolta­-Danny Zuko image. Although I still don’t think he was the best Danny, he portrayed the character in a pretty convincing way.

While nothing will ever beat the original, this musical was a great representation of it and something “Grease” fans wouldn’t cringe at watching. “Grease 2,” anyone?