'Grease: Live' Cast: Carly Rae Jepsen, Jessie J, Vanessa Hudgens Join FOX 2016 Production
The 2016 production of Grease: Live has found its Frenchy. On the tail of her new album EMOTION, "Call Me Maybe" singer Carly Rae Jepsen has joined Julianne Hough, Aaron Tveit, Jessie J, Vanessa Hudgens and more in the FOX production.
As NBC focuses on its Christmastime production of The Wiz: Live with Uzo Aduba, Queen Latifah, Mary J Blige and Shanice Williams, FOX is bringing back the '70s version of the '50s with its version of Grease and its own set of stars.
Jepsen, who has previously tackled the role of Cinderella on Broadway, is the latest to join the cast, Deadline reports, and she will take on the role of "Beauty School Dropout" Frency, which was made iconic by Didi Conn in the 1978 movie.
She's not the only Pink Lady to have received her coat. Keke Palmer will be playing the role of quirky girl Marty, Kether Donahue will play Jan and Hudgens will be Rizzo to Hough's Sandy. Meanwhile, as Aaron Tveit plays Sandy, actor David Del Rio will play goofy Putzie, Carlos PenaVega of Big Time Rush fame will be Kenickie, Popsugar reports.
From the start, Grease: Live will be full of big stars. "Bang Bang" singer Jessie J is set to perform the opening number, "Grease (Is the Word)," written by the Bee Gees' Berry Gibb and performed by Frankie Valli for the classic film.
FOX's Grease Live is set to premiere on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. It's the latest live musical to air on TV and the first in the modern era for FOX. In 2013, NBC aired The Sound of Music: Live and followed it up last year with Peter Pan starring Allison Williams.