A few weeks ago the Internet was set ablaze with a fan theory that might have explained Sandy and Danny’s flying-car exit in the movie musical. Many fans speculated that Sandy actually was dead, or in a coma, after Danny’s attempt to save her life at the beach (cue “Summer Nights“) proved futile, and the show itself was merely Sandy’s coma-induced fantasy.
Backstage in the Emmys press room, Grease: Live directing winners Thomas Kail and Alex Rudzinski addressed the controversy the best way they could: “She was very much alive, and her name was Julianne Hough. I will go on record as saying I love the Internet.”
Kail and Rudzinski exulted backstage about following in the tradition of live television of the 1950s and 1960s and said they hoped the production showed “our love for the magic of theater.” They said they hoped its success would inspire other networks to program live television. Kail said they wanted to make “a Grease that looked like the world” we live in.