Keke Palmer has landed a role in Grease: Live, Fox’s upcoming live production of the popular musical, set to air on January 31, 2016. She’ll play the sassy Pink Lady “Marty Maraschino”, alongside Julianne Hough and Vanessa Hudgens. Broadway writers Robert Cary (Anything but Love, Ira & Abby) and Jonathan Tolins (Buyer & Cellar, The Last Sunday In June) will pen the adaptation.
Palmer will next be seen in Fox’s comedy horror series Scream Queens, set to debut this fall. Her breakout role came in feature Akeelah And The Bee. She went on to star as the title character in the hit cable series True Jackson, VP, and most recently made Broadway history as the first African-American and youngest actress to star in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1957 musical, Cinderella. Other film credits include Ice Age: Continental Drift, Joyful Noise, Brotherly Love and Imperial Dreams. Her TV work includes A Trip to Bountiful, cable miniseries Full Circle, CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, and a six-episode arc on the second season of Masters Of Sex.
Marc Platt will executive-produce Grease: Live. Thomas Kail is the director overseeing the stage direction and Alex Rudzinski will serve as the live television director. It is a Paramount Television production.