Grease: Live Cast
Grease: Live Cast
(Sandy on GREASE: LIVE)
Julianne Hough is an actress, singer and two-time professional champion of “Dancing with the Stars.” She returned to the hit show in 2014 as a judge and recently headlined “MOVE Live on Tour 2015,” the second North American tour of the all-original stage production she created and performed with her brother, Derek. She will be seen next opposite Zac Efron and Robert De Niro in the comedy “Dirty Grandpa” and her film credits also include “Safe Haven,” “Paradise,” “Rock of Ages,” “Footloose” and “Burlesque.”
A successful recording artist, her 2008 self-titled debut album hit the Billboard Country charts at No. 1 and entered the Billboard 200 at No. 3, marking the highest debut for a country artist in more than two years. Her first two singles from the album earned Hough her first two Academy of Country Music Awards for Top New Female Vocalist and Top New Artist.
She currently resides in Los Angeles.
(Danny Zuko on GREASE: LIVE)
Aaron Tveit is an American theater, television and film actor. He will be seen next in the upcoming feature films “Stereotypically You” and “Undrafted.” This summer, he will be featured in the network thriller “Braindead.” Tveit recently starred in the cable series “Graceland.” Prior to “Graceland,” he portrayed the character “Enjolras” in Tom Hooper's 2012 award-winning film adaption of “Les Miserables.” Other feature credits include “Big Sky,” “Howl,” “Premium Rush” and “Ghost Town.”
On Broadway, he starred in “Catch Me If You Can,” and also created the role of “Gabe” in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musical, “Next To Normal.” Other Broadway credits include “Wicked,” “Hairspray” and “Rent.” Recently, Tveit starred in the critically acclaimed U.K. revival of “Assassins,” portraying John Wilkes Booth.
Television audiences will also recognize him from his recurring role of “Trip Van der Bilt” on “Gossip Girl,” as well as numerous guest-starring roles on “The Good Wife,” “Ugly Betty” and “Law And Order: Special Victims Unit.”
He currently resides in New York City.
(Rizzo on GREASE: LIVE)
Vanessa Hudgens recently made her Broadway debut in the remake of the musical “Gigi.” Hudgens began her work in musical theater at a young age with shows such as “The Wizard of Oz,” “The King and I,” “The Music Man” and “Cinderella.” In addition, she starred in the iconic role of “Mimi” in “Rent” at the Hollywood Bowl. She made her feature film debut in Catherine Hardwick’s controversial “Thirteen.” Other credits include Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers,” “Gimmie Shelter,” “Sucker Punch,” “Bandslam,” “Beastly” and “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.” Hudgens became a worldwide household name after starring in “High School Musical” and its follow-up films.
She currently resides in Los Angeles.
(Marty on GREASE: LIVE)
Keke Palmer is an award-winning actress who has established herself as one of the fastest rising stars of her generation. A multi-talented entertainer, Palmer’s acting and singling abilities made history as she was the first African-American to grace Broadway as “Cinderella” in the iconic Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical.
Palmer started her career at the age of nine, with a small role in the feature film “Barbershop 2: Back in Business,” opposite Queen Latifah. That role led to a series of guest-starring roles on television shows such as “Strong Medicine,” “Cold Case,” “ER,” and “Law & Order.” She later went on to star in the Emmy Award-nominated made-for-TV movie “The Wool Cap,” opposite William H. Macy. That performance earned her a NAACP Image Award, as well as a Screen Actors Guild nomination in the Best Leading Actress category, alongside Charlize Theron, Hilary Swank, Glen Close and Patricia Heaton. This nomination put Palmer in the record books as the youngest actor to ever be nominated by the Guild in a Lead Actor category
Her breakout role came at 12, when she played the title character in the hit “Akeelah and the Bee.” On the small screen, Palmer starred in the original cable movie “Jump In!” Other film and TV credits include co-starring in the made-for-television movie “Knights of the South Bronx,” with Ted Danson; cable pilot “Keke & Jamal”; and the hit film “Madea’s Family Reunion,” starring Tyler Perry, Cicely Tyson and Maya Angelou.
From 2008-11, Palmer starred in her own hit cable show, “True Jackson, VP.” A 6-time time NAACP winner, she is the youngest talk show host in television history, having launched the cable talk show “Just Keke” in 2014.
This fall, Palmer starred as “Zayday” in FOX’s comedy-horror series SCREAM QUEENS.
CARLY RAE JEPSEN
(Frenchy on GREASE: LIVE)
Multi-Platinum-selling Grammy Award-nominated singer and songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen most recently released her critically acclaimed new album, “E·MO·TION,” and premiered the video for her brand-new single, “Run Away With Me.” The first single released from the album, “I Really Like You,” became a global Top 40 hit, while the video is Vevo-certified with over 100 million views. “E·MO·TION” is the follow-up to Jepsen’s U.S. debut album, “Kiss,” which featured her blockbuster breakout hit, “Call Me Maybe.” The single climbed to No. 1 on the iTunes Singles charts in over 47 countries and has sold more than 18 million singles worldwide to date. It earned Jepsen 2012 Grammy Award nominations for Best Pop Solo Performance and Song of the Year. “Kiss” also spawned the follow-up hit “Good Time,” a duet with Owl City, which has been certified double-Platinum. Jepsen spent much of 2014 starring in the Broadway production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.”
(Jan on GREASE: LIVE)
A proud native New Yorker, Donohue has received critical acclaim for her fearless performances in film, television and theater. She has worked with a remarkable list of award-winning directors, including Barry Levinson, Sam Mendes, Jason Moore, James Burrows, Stan Lathan and Paul Feig.
Donohue stars in the cable comedy “You’re The Worst,” in which she plays the substance-abusing and promiscuous “Lindsay Jillian.” Donohue was featured in “Pitch Perfect” and starred in the thriller “The Bay,” directed by Barry Levinson. She will next be seen in the upcoming musical comedy “One Shot,” opposite Topher Grace and Taye Diggs.
A graduate of Fordham University with a concentration in film, Donohue has also co-produced several movies in which she has starred, including “Over the GW.” After making its world premiere at Slamdance Film Festival, “Over the GW” had a limited theatrical release and was used to promote social change when it was cited in a United States Congressional Hearing on Child Abuse and Deceptive Marketing by Residential Programs for Teens. She went on to co-produce and star in the indie sci-fi thriller, “Altered States of Plaine”; write, direct and star in the short film, “The Babydaddy,” an autobiographical narrative about the relationship between a 16-year-old girl and her ill Vietnam veteran father; and co-produce and star in the short “Aaron Bacon.”
Honing her craft in the New York theater, Donohue made her Off-Broadway debut at Ensemble Studio Theatre with a lead role in Taylor Mac’s “Okay,” and starred in Kate McGovern’s “Blue Before Morning.”
Donohue currently resides in Los Angeles.
(Kenickie on GREASE: LIVE)
Carlos PenaVega shot to fame and cult status after starring on the highly successful cable musical comedy “Big Time Rush” as “Carlos Garcia.” He also was featured in the live stage show, which toured globally. He starred as “Oscar Vasquez” in feature film “Spare Parts,” alongside George Lopez and Marisa Tomei. Most recently, he competed on Season 21 of “Dancing with the Stars.”
Last year, PenaVega starred in the competition series “Webheads,” executive-produced by Ryan Seacrest. On film, he recently starred alongside Kate Bosworth, Juno Temple, Kay Panabaker and Kyle Gallner in the indie drama “Little Birds.”
Having studied musical theater at the Boston Conservatory, PenaVega recently released his first solo single in Spanish, “Electrico,” which charted in the Top 10 on the Latin iTunes songs charts.
He currently resides in Los Angeles.
DAVID DEL RIO
(Putzie on GREASE: LIVE)
David Del Rio is an accomplished actor who studied at the New World School of Arts in Miami, FL, and at the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. He recently starred in the feature film “Spare Parts,” and wrapped production on the upcoming films “The Belko Experiment” and “Undrafted.” Additional credits include a supporting role in “Pitch Perfect,” the indie “Dead Drop” and the cable series “The Troop.”
(Doody on GREASE: LIVE)
Jordan Fisher began his acting career by training and performing at Red Mountain Theatre Company in his hometown of Birmingham, AL.
He got his professional start with a guest-starring role on the cable series “iCarly,” and then booked his first major role on “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” as “Jacob.” In 2013, he was able to merge his love for acting, singing, and dancing as “Seacat” in the original cable film “Teen Beach Movie” and reprised his role in the sequel “Teen Beach 2” (2015). Other television credits include “The Thundermans” and “Teen Wolf.” He currently can be seen on “Liv and Maddie,” and he recently was cast as a lead in the cable pilot “Stay.”
Fisher has recorded three singles. Last year, he signed with Hollywood Records. His debut album is scheduled for release this spring.
(Sonny on GREASE: LIVE)
Andrew Call recently was seen as “Newt” in Lee Kirks indie film, “Geezer.” He also appeared in Broadway’s “Rock Of Ages,” “American Idiot,” “Cry-Baby,” “Glory Days” and “High Fidelity.” This past summer, Call was featured in the La Jolla Playhouse production of “Up Here.
(Cha Cha on GREASE: LIVE)
For the past four years Yvette has been a series regular on the hit series "The Fresh Beat Band" playing the role of 'Kiki'. For her work in the show, Yvette was twice-nominated for an Imagen Award, for "Best Young Actress in a Television Series." She stars in the animated spin-off show "The Fresh Beat Band of Spies," doing the voice of Kiki on Nick Jr.
Yvette played the role of Gina Mendes on "Criminal Minds," among other episodic and film credits and starred in the 1st National Tour of the Tony Award winning Broadway musical "In the Heights." She has performed with Jason Mraz, Ne-Yo, Wyclef Jean, Gloria Estefan, Engelbert Humperdinck, All-4-One and Justin Bieber among others and has toured the country as part of "Fresh Beat Band Live," including selling out Madison Square Garden four times.
She is songwriter signed to BMG/Topline and in 2016 will be releasing an EP under the name "Ava Gold."
(Vince Fontaine on GREASE: LIVE)
Mario Lopez is the consummate entertainer. As the host of the Emmy winning daily show EXTRA, as well as host of the national Clear Channel radio program “On With Mario Lopez,” Lopez is a constant presence on the pop culture scene with a legion of fans across the board. Actor, author, producer and host, Lopez’s prolific career has made him one of the most sought after personalities in entertainment today.
No stranger to rigorous routines, Lopez danced his way to the finals in the third season of “Dancing with the Stars”. Shortly after, in summer 2009, Lopez successfully completed his first run on Broadway. He starred in the long running hit musical “A Chorus Line” as the audience loved character ‘Zach.’ Mario was named the Alumni Ambassador of Fitness by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), while joining the ranks of some 25 other prominent alumni, including Denzel Washington and President Clinton, in the organization's BE GREAT campaign. Mario helps bring to light the major issues affecting today’s young people, including the importance of graduating from high school and maintaining a healthy lifestyle and the key role community-based organizations like Boys & Girls Clubs play in the positive development of children.
Even with all his other ventures, Mario is still in love with acting. Lopez reincarnated his guest-starring role as Dr. Mike Hamoui on the final season of Nip/Tuck. Lopez’s run on the series garnished an instant and well-deserved cult following. He previously starred in “Holiday in Handcuffs” and “Husband for Hire” opposite Mark Consuelos.
Mario currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife Courtney and their daughter, Gia and son, Dominic.
(Performer on GREASE: LIVE)
Multi-Platinum-selling Grammy Award-nominated singer and songwriter Jessie J has quickly become the consummate 21st century superstar and a palpable and powerful pop culture force. In 2011, her full-length debut album, “Who You Are,” heralded the songstress’ arrival as a worldwide icon. It debuted in the Top 15 on the Billboard Top 200, including hits “Price Tag (featuring B.o.B)” and “Domino,” her biggest solo U.S. hit to date, reaching double-Platinum. To date, her album sales exceed three million and single sales surpass 20 million and counting. She has received the prestigious BRIT Award for “Critics’ Choice,” as well as a Grammy Award nomination in 2012. She also served as the 2012 London Olympic Games Ambassador and the BBC crowned her with the high honor of Sound of 2011.
In July 2014, Jessie J teamed up with rising diva Ariana Grande and rap's reigning queen, Nicki Minaj, for “Bang Bang.” Immediately, the track captured the No. 1 spot on iTunes overall Top Songs chart and it has gone Platinum four times over less than a year after release. The single set the stage for the October 2014 release of “Sweet Talker,” which debuted in the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 and included appearances from De La Soul, 2 Chainz, Lindsey Stirling and production from the likes of Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, Ilya, Diplo, Tricky, The Dream and more.
(Executive Producer, GREASE: LIVE)
Marc Platt stands among the few producers who have successfully bridged the worlds of theater, film and television. His projects have garnered a combined 11 Academy Award nominations, 18 Tony Award nominations, 16 Golden Globe nominations and 19 Emmy Award nominations.
Among Mr. Platt’s films are the critically acclaimed “Bridge of Spies,” directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Tom Hanks; the recent international hit “Into The Woods,” starring Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp, directed by Rob Marshall; “Drive,” starring Ryan Gosling, which was awarded the Best Director prize at the 2011 Cannes International Film Festival; “Ricki and the Flash,” starring Meryl Streep, directed by Academy Award-winning director Jonathan Demme; the smash hits “Legally Blonde” and its sequel, starring Reese Witherspoon; “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World,” directed by Edgar Wright; the critics’ favorite, “Rachel Getting Married,” helmed by Jonathan Demme and starring Anne Hathaway; the 2008 summer hit “Wanted,” starring Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy and Morgan Freeman; Ryan Gosling’s writing/directing debut, “Lost River,” starring Christina Hendricks; the musical “Nine,” directed by Rob Marshall, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Judi Dench, Nicole Kidman, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Sophia Loren, Kate Hudson and Fergie; “2 Guns,” starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg; “Cop Out,” starring Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan; “Winter’s Tale,” starring Colin Farrell and Russell Crowe; “Charlie St. Cloud,” starring Zac Efron; “Song One,” starring Anne Hathaway; “The Other Woman,” starring Natalie Portman; “Honey”; “Josie and the Pussycats”; and “The Perfect Man.” Platt’s upcoming films include Billy Lynn’s “Long Halftime Walk,” directed by Ang Lee; “La La Land,” starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, directed by Damien Chazelle; and “The Girl on the Train,” based on the best-selling novel, directed by Tate Taylor, starring Emily Blunt.
In theater, Platt is the producer of Broadway’s blockbuster “Wicked,” which just celebrated its 5000th performance. The musical also is playing in London and on a North American tour, and recently has had productions in Korea, Japan, Germany, Holland, Australia and Mexico City. Platt also is a producer of the recent Broadway musical “If/Then,” starring Idina Menzel, which is touring the U.S. In addition, he produced the Broadway debut of “Three Days of Rain,” starring Julia Roberts, Paul Rudd and Bradley Cooper; Matthew Bourne’s ballet “Edward Scissorhands,” for which he won his second Drama Desk Award; and the recent revival of “Pal Joey,” starring Stockard Channing.
In television, Platt won the Golden Globe Award for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for “Empire Falls,” starring Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Ed Harris, Helen Hunt and Philip Seymour Hoffman. He also executive-produced “Once Upon A Mattress,” starring Carol Burnett and Tracey Ullman; the Emmy Award-winning miniseries “The Path To 9/11”; and the cable series “Taking The Stage.”
Prior to establishing his production company, Platt served as president of production for three movie studios (Orion, TriStar and Universal). He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and The Broadway League.
(Director, GREASE: LIVE)
Thomas Kail directed the Broadway musical “Hamilton.” He received the Drama Desk Award, a Lortel Award and an Obie for his Off-Broadway production of “Hamilton” at The Public Theater. He received a Tony Award nomination for his direction of “In the Heights,” the Broadway musical that won the Tony Award for Best Musical. Additional Broadway credits include the new plays “Lombardi” and “Magic/Bird.” Additional Off-Broadway credits include “The Wiz” and Randy Newman's “Faust” at New York City Center, as well as new plays at Lincoln Center and Second Stage. He is the co-creator and director of the hip-hop improv group Freestyle Love Supreme.
Kail's television credits include “2 Broke Girls” and 2010’s “The Oprah Winfrey Oscar Special,” as well as the TV show “Freestyle Love Supreme,” on which he served as executive producer.
He currently resides in New York.
(Live Television Director, GREASE: LIVE)
Alex Rudzinski has directed more than 500 hours of live broadcasts and all 20 seasons of “Dancing with the Stars.” He is known as one of the leading multi-camera music directors in the television industry, specializing in live broadcast events, non-scripted entertainment and reality programming. The tightly scripted approach to live performances and television has won Rudzinski’s creative team three Emmy Awards for camera work and technical direction. Additional U.S. credits include “The X Factor,” “The BAFTA Britannia Awards” and the “iHeart Radio Jingle Ball Concert” at Madison Square Garden.
He currently resides in Los Angeles.
(Composer, GREASE: LIVE)
Tom Kitt received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama as well as two Tony Awards for Best Score and Best Orchestrations for Next to Normal. His music for Next to Normal also received the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Score. He is the composer of If/Then (Tony Nom., Outer Critics Nom.); High Fidelity (Broadway); Bring it On, The Musical (co-composer with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Broadway); The Winter’s Tale, All’s Well that Ends Well, and Cymbeline (The Public’s NYSF); From Up Here and The Madrid (MTC); Orphans (Broadway) and The Retributionists (Playwrights Horizons).
Tom is also responsible for the music supervision, arrangements and orchestrations for Green Day’s American Idiot on Broadway, and provided additional arrangements for their Grammy Award-winning album 21st Century Breakdown and their album trilogy, ¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré! Tom received an Emmy Award as co-writer (with Lin-Manuel Miranda) for the 2013 Tony Award opening number, Bigger. As a musical director, conductor, arranger and orchestrator, his credits include Pitch Perfect, Pitch Perfect 2, 2Cellos featuring Lang Lang (Live and Let Die), The Kennedy Center Honors, 13, Debbie Does Dallas, Everyday Rapture, Hair, Laugh Whore, Pippin (Deaf West), and These Paper Bullets
Upcoming musical projects include SpongeBob Squarepants, The Musical; The Musical; Dave; Freaky Friday; Magic Mike; The Visitor, and Jagged Little Pill.
WILLIAM IVEY LONG
(Costume Designer on GREASE:LIVE)
William Ivey Long was recently nominated for his 15th Tony Award for On the Twentieth Century. He is currently represented on Broadway with Chicago, now in its 19th year! He also serves as Chairman of the Board for The American Theatre Wing.
Other Broadway Credits include: Cabaret (2014 and 1998 revivals), It Shoulda Been You, Bullets Over Broadway, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Tony Award), Big Fish, The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Don’t Dress for Dinner; Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway; Catch Me If You Can, Pal Joey, 9 to 5, Young Frankenstein; Curtains; Grey Gardens (Tony Award); The Producers (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards); A Streetcar Named Desire; La Cage Aux Folles; The Boy from Oz; Hairspray (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards); Cabaret; Contact (Hewes Award); The Music Man; Annie Get Your Gun; Swing; Smokey Joe’s Café; Crazy for You (Tony, Outer Critics Circle Awards); Guys and Dolls (Drama Desk Award); A Christmas Carol; Six Degrees of Separation; Lend Me a Tenor (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards); Nine (Tony, Drama Desk, Maharam Awards). Recent Off-Broadway productions include The Belle of Amherst with Joely Richardson, Bunty Berman Presents; Lucky Guy and The School for Lies.
Mr. Long recently made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera with his designs for The Merry Widow starring Renée Fleming and Kelli O’Hara.
He has also designed for such artists as Mick Jagger, Siegfried and Roy, the Pointer Sisters, Joan Rivers, and for choreographers Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Peter Martins, David Parsons and Susan Stroman.
He serves as Production Designer for North Carolina’s oldest running seasonal outdoor drama, The Lost Colony, which was the 2013 recipient of the Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theatre. He returned in 2015 for his 45th season with the production.
Mr. Long holds honorary degrees from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The University of North Carolina at Asheville, and The College of William and Mary. He was the recipient of the Morrison Award (1992), the UNC Chapel Hill Playmakers Award (1994), the National Theatre Conference “Person of the Year” award (2000), the Order of the Long Leaf Pine (2001), the Distinguished Career Award from the Southeastern Theatre Conference (2002), the Raleigh Medal of Arts (2010), and the 2004 North Carolina Award presented by Governor Easley.
Mr. Long earned an undergraduate degree in history from The College of William and Mary, was a Kress Fellow at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and then earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in stage design from Yale University School of Drama.
Upcoming projects include Grease, Live! for Fox television network, and A Bronx Tale: The Musical. Mr. Long has won 6 Tony Awards. He was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 2005, and was elected Chairman of The American Theatre Wing in June, 2012.
DAVID KORINS (Production Design)
David Korins is a multi-award-winning scenic and production designer based in New York City. He is founder and principal designer of David Korins Design – a multi-faceted firm that designs everything from theater, film, and television to rock concerts, photo shoots, custom furniture, and private, commercial and public spaces. His Broadway credits include Hamilton, Misery, Motown, Annie, Bring It On, Chinglish, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, An Evening with Patti LuPone & Mandy Patinkin, Magic/Bird, Godspell, The Pee-Wee Herman Show, Lombardi, Passing Strange and Bridge and Tunnel. Opera credits include world premieres of The Gospel of Mary Magdalene at San Francisco Opera and Oscar at Santa Fe Opera. He has worked extensively both off-Broadway and in regional theatre. Mr. Korins served as creative director for Kanye West, designing his concerts both in North America and abroad. He has designed installations across the country for music and arts festivals including Coachella, Lollapalooza, South by Southwest, Bonnaroo, and Outside Lands. He is also engaged in an ongoing partnership with the Fireman Hospitality Group. As production designer, David’s credits include the feature films Winter Passing starring Will Ferrell, Zooey Deschanel and Ed Harris, Coach starring Hugh Dancy, and the film version of Adam Rapp’s Blackbird starring Gillian Jacobs and Paul Sparks. In television David has designed multiple series and specials on networks such as NBC, CBS, HBO, Bravo TV, IFC, Comedy Central, Lifetime and the Game Show Network. His commercial work includes spots for Target, World Mastercard, McDonald’s and Friendly’s. Mr. Korins has received a Drama Desk Award, a Lucille Lortel Award, and three Henry Hewes Design Awards, and an Obie Award for Sustained Excellence in Design. David Korins’ upcoming projects include Andrea Bocelli’s live concert experience, Mariah Carey’s Second Annual All I Want for Christmas is You Concert and Mariah Carey’s #1 to Infinity.
Ana Gasteyer the acclaimed SNL alum is starring opposite Maria Bamford in LADY DYNAMITE for Netflix and THE GROUP pilot for TBS and Warner Bros, which is produced by Conaco, as well as touring the country with her debut album “I’m Hip.” She continues to recur on ABC’s hit comedy THE GOLDBERGS and CBS’ award-winning drama THE GOOD WIFE. Additional television projects include: SUBURGATORY as “Sheila Shay,” CURB YOUR ENTUSIASM, GIRLS, THE MINDY PROJECT, and LAW & ORDER. She has also hosted LIVE: WITH KELLY AND MICHAEL, THE LATE LATE SHOW, LIVE WITH REGIS, and THE ROSIE O’DONNEL SHOW. On film, she recently starred in Sony’s PAUL BLART: MALL COP 2. Addition film credits include: RAPTUREPALOOZA, MEAN GIRLS, and WHAT WOMEN WANT. Her Broadway credits include THREEPENNY OPERA, THE ROYAL FAMILY, and the starring role of “Elphaba” in WICKED.
BOYZ II MEN
Boyz II Men remain one of the most iconic R&B groups in music history. The group redefined popular R&B and continues to create timeless hits that appeal to fans across all generations. The band has penned and performed some of the most celebrated classics of the past two decades. The group’s four Grammy Awards are just the tip of the iceberg: throughout their 25-year career, Boyz II Men have also won nine American Music Awards, nine Soul Train Awards, three Billboard Awards, a 2011 MOBO Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, as well as a Casino Entertainment Award for their acclaimed residency at the Mirage Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, which started in 2013 and will continue through 2018. The trio holds the distinction of being the best-selling R&B group of all time, with an astounding 60 million albums sold. Boyz II Men’s past hits include “End of the Road,” “I’ll Make Love to You,” “One Sweet Day,” “Motownphilly” and many others. They have made R&B accessible to the masses and have helped the genre come into its own. In 2014, the group released “Collide,” a new album featuring original material, on the BMG label.
Formed in the summer of 2015, DNCE first introduced themselves to audiences with the unexpected release of their debut single “Cake By The Ocean.” The band is fronted by superstar JOE JONAS, who has been working to bring DNCE to life ever since The Jonas Brothers disbanded in 2013 (after moving 17 million records worldwide and becoming worldwide stars). The group is rounded out by South Korean guitarist JinJoo, whom JONAS first met when she was playing lead guitar for Jordin Sparks – the opener of The Jonas Brothers’ 2009 world tour. A virtuoso in her own right, she’s toured with everybody from Charli XCX to CeeLo Green. Then, there’s bassist and keyboardist, Cole Whittle, who co-founded New York alternative dance trailblazers, Semi Precious Weapons. DNCE drummer, Jack Lawless, stepped behind the kit for The Jonas Brothers in 2006 and went on to become their full-time drummer. He’s also toured with Night Terrors of 1927 and Soft Swells.
About the Show
GREASE: LIVE stars Julianne Hough (“Safe Haven,” “Rock of Ages”) as the angelic “Sandy” – Rydell High’s most talked-about newcomer – and Aaron Tveit (“Graceland,” “Les Miserables”) as bad boy “Danny Zuko,” Also tapped to star are Vanessa Hudgens (Broadway’s “Gigi,” “Spring Breakers”) as iconic bad girl “Rizzo,” Keke Palmer (SCREAM QUEENS, “Masters of Sex”) as the sassy Pink Lady “Marty Maraschino” and Carlos PenaVega (“Big Time Rush”) as “Kenickie,” Danny’s tough-guy sidekick.
Featuring a young ensemble cast, GREASE: LIVE will reintroduce and reimagine some of the show’s most memorable moments, great music and timeless love story to an entirely new generation. In this live television adaptation of the musical classic, the beginning of senior year means the end of Danny and Sandy's summer romance – until Sandy unexpectedly transfers to Danny’s high school. Can Danny maintain his bad-boy image as the coolest member of the T-Birds, once he and Sandy start going together, and can Sandy remain a good girl after she joins the Pink Ladies? With their friends Rizzo and Kenickie pulling them in different directions, it’s up to Danny and Sandy to stay hopelessly devoted as they make their way from Rydell High to a new frontier.
GREASE: LIVE is based on the original 1971 musical “Grease,” by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey; and Paramount Pictures’ 1978 feature adaptation. The film, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, grossed nearly $400 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing movie musical ever. GREASE: LIVE will be a Paramount Television production.GREASE: LIVE is produced by Paramount Television. Acclaimed film, television and theater producer Marc Platt (“Wicked,” “Into the Woods”) will executive-produce, Tony Award-nominated director Thomas Kail (“Hamilton,” “In the Heights”) is the director overseeing the stage direction and Alex Rudzinski (“Dancing with the Stars”) will serve as the live television director. Broadway writers Robert Cary (“Anything but Love,” “Ira & Abby”) and Jonathan Tolins (“Buyer & Cellar,” “The Last Sunday in June”) will write the LIVE television adaptation. “Like” GREASE: LIVE on Facebook at facebook.com/GoGrease. Follow the series on Twitter at @GoGrease, and join the conversation using #greaselive. See photos and videos on Instagram @GoGrease.