“Grease is the Wooorrddd”
This past Sunday evening the world was able to relive the amazing classic that is the movie “Grease”. If you weren’t among the 12.2 million viewers who tuned in this past Sunday then I’m afraid you were lost in our Monday morning coffee convos; at least in my circle that is. Everything from the dance and song performance to the individuals who were chosen to play the roles of a lifetime was truly impressive. From beginning to end the cast did not miss a beat, following perfectly to the original story that was released in 1978. But of course there were a few little surprises that gave this revival the spice it needed.
What can be better than Boys II Men singing one of my favorite performances of “Beauty School Dropout!?” Yes ladies and gentleman, this was real life. A couple of other added moments included Joe Jonas with his band DNCE performing at the big Rydell High American Bandstand dance Contest singing the hit “Born to Hand Jive” and “Maybe”. Also not to mention the amazing performance of “Grease Lightning” by Aaron Tveit who did a flawless job of getting into the stylish and edgy character of Danny Zuko.
For all my Gossip Girl addicts out there I remember Tveit playing a complete opposite role as Tripp Vanderbilt, a family rich politician. After doing my research it seems that small role didn’t do him much justice. Aaron Tveit has also performed in many other Broadway shows such as Rent, Hairspray, and Les Miserables, just to name a few. Looks like I need to switch up my cosmos for playbills.
Another performance that goes without mention is the character of Rizzo played by the brave Vanessa Hudgens. As most would know, Vanessa lost her father the night before her big performance due to stage four cancer. She dedicated what would be her role of a lifetime in memory of him. With this heart breaking news Vanessa still delivered an impeccable performance that I know would make her father truly proud. Her adaptation of “There are Worse Things I Could Do”, brought a tear to viewers around the world especially my own.
The three hour long broadcast had me glued to my TV screen looking for one imperfection to ruin the original story. Like many I had my doubts and I was proven wrong. The performances were spot on and the characters didn’t miss a beat. If you were on another planet and happened to miss the show this past Sunday, not to worry, the show is still available On Demand on Fox.com or you can stream it on their app.
Samantha in the City
P.S. check out Vanessa Hudgens perormance of There Are Worse Things I Could Do below