Grease Live Update: Keke Palmer Joining Julianne Hough and Vanessa Hudgens in the Fox Live Musical
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Keke Palmer is going to be one of the Pink Ladies. The actress, who will soon be seen in the comedy-horror satire “Scream Queens” on FOX, has signed up for “Grease Live” musical, which is set to air on the same network in January 2016.
Palmer will play the role of Marty Maraschino. In the film version, which ran in 1978, the role was played by Dinah Manoff.
The actress joins Julianne Hough of “Dancing With the Stars” and Vanessa Hudgens of “High School Musical,” who will be playing Sandy and Rizzo, respectively. The two have been cast earlier this season.
The official synopsis of the TV event, as released in the press previously:
From Broadway to film, and across generations, Grease is one of the most beloved musical stories ever told – and we can’t wait to bring it to our air in a spectacular live event. Its iconic characters and addictive songs make it the perfect fit for Fox, and we’re going to give it the kind of star power and production quality to make every Sandy, Danny, Rizzo and Kenickie out there want to get up and sing along.
The live event, which has been one of the trends on television of late, will air for three hours on Sunday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. on FOX. The musical will be adapted by Robert Cary and Jonathan Tolins, both experienced Broadway writers. Thomas Kail will handle stage direction while Alex Rudzinski takes charge of the direction of the live broadcast.
The production is from Paramount Television.