Grease: Live has found its beauty school dropout. Singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen, who scored two Grammy noms and a global smash with “Call Me Maybe” in 2012, has joined Fox’s musical as iconic Pink Lady Frenchy — the role Didi Conn played in the 1978 film version. In addition, Kether Donohue (You’re The Worst) rounds out the Pink Ladies as Jan and David Del Rio (Spare Parts) is the T-Birds’ Putzie.
They join the ensemble cast that includes Julianne Hough (Sandy), Aaron Tveit (Danny), Vanessa Hudgens (Rizzo), Carlos PenaVega (Kenickie) and Keke Palmer (Marty).
Another Grammy-nommed singer, Jessie J, will open the live event with a new version of “Grease (Is the Word).” The Bee Gees’ Barry Gibb wrote the song, which originally was performed by Frankie Valli in the animated opening title sequence of the movie and went on top the pop charts. Also joining the creative team is Glee and Annie choreographer Zach Woodlee. His credits also include the 100th episode of How I Met Your Mother and 2008’s MTV Movie Awards, as well as the films Eat Pray Love, Hairspray, 27 Dresses and 17 Again.
Thomas Kail & Alex Rudzinski are directing the production, which Fox airs on Sunday, January 31 — live in the East and delayed in the West.
Donohue is repped by ICM Partners and Authentic Talent & Literary Management. Del Rio is with APA and Primary Wave.
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