“Forgotten Hollywood”- Musicals on Television All the Rage!

Posted on April 28, 2014 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

   Fox apparently isn’t going to let NBC dominate the world of live television musicals. Fox jumped into the game, announcing it will broadcast a three-hour live version of Grease that will feature a young ensemble cast yet to be named. Live television productions of the 1950s were quite popular in its day, and it attracted up-and-coming actors.

   NBC got a ratings boost last December with its live broadcast of The Sound of Music starring Carrie Underwood. It says it’s working on a live production of Peter Pan for next December.

215px-GreaseLP   Grease is a 1971 musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. Its 3,388-performance run was the longest in Broadway history (at the time), although it was surpassed by A Chorus Line a few years later. Adrienne Barbeau won the Theatre Circle Award for her performance as Rizzo in the original production. The choreography and costume design was given the Drama Desk Award.  It remains Broadway’s 15th longest-running show.

   Grease features such tunes as You’re the One That I Want, We Go Together, Greased Lightnin’, and Summer Nights. It was made into a 1978 film starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.

   The live televised version will be a production of Paramount Television.

   Rydell High… here we come!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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