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Tyler Perry

Fox’s ‘The Passion Live’ Will Have Pre-Taped Elements >>

Fox changed the live TV musical game when they added a live audience and a studio lot to 'Grease: Live.' This weekend Fox plans to top that, with 'The Passion,' spanning various locations throughout the city on New Orleans. However, it is going to take a miracle to pull of a live musical of that scale, and that miracle is called video tape. That is right. A portion of the “live” event will be pre-taped, with actual live elements added.


NBC Boss Talks Fox’s ‘Grease’ and Possible Live Audience for 'Hairspray' [FALL 2016] >>

There is no doubt about it. Fox’s 'Grease: Live' was a knockout success. Even NBC liked the production. Using multiple studios stretching acres of lot and a live audience, Fox managed to take the live musical trend in a whole direction. Now, NBC’s Rob Greenblatt is opening up about Fox’s impressive production, including why they didn’t chose to not use a live audience for their past productions ('Wiz,' 'Peter Pan,' 'Sound of Music') and how that all might change with till fall’s 'Hairspray.'

The Fleetingness of Times: An Account of Trials and Tribulations Affecting Ballet Dancers From the Eyes of Morgan Sykes

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Grease Live

Fox’s ‘Grease Live’ Electrifying Ratings Keep Going >>

'Grease Live’s' already impressive rating has gotten even higher. The show initial earned a whopping 12.2 million viewers. Now the event has now jumped up to 14.6 with DVR, Video on Demand, Hulu Plus and Fox on Demand viewing added in.

Grease Live

Neil Patrick Harris and Maddie Ziegler Tweet Fox’s ‘Grease Live’ Praise: Ratings Are In [GO GREASE] >>

The Nielsen rating are in for Fox’s 'Grease Live' musical event. Regardless of how many people tuned in Sunday night, some of theater and dance industry’s best have given their seal of approval to the newest version of the classic music. Broadway favorite Neil Patrick Harris ('Assassins', 'Hedwig & The Angry Inch') and 13-year-old dancing superstar, Maddie Ziegler ('Dance Moms'), both sing the praises for Grease under the @GoGrease Twitter tag.

Vanessa Hudgens

Vanessa Hudgen Performs in Grease Live Hours after Father's Death? >>

Although her father, Greg, died only hours ago, a brave Vanessa Hudgens has announced that she still plans to participate in the FOX' 'Grease: Live' tonight. While it no one would blame the former Disney diva for taking some personal time in the wake of such a private tragedy, the 27-year-old 'High School Musical' star let her fans know through Twitter that she endeavors to persevere. L.A.'s inclement weather also threatens to sideline the live TV musical, but director Thomas Kail has assured the media that they plan to make do -- regardless of the rain.


Musings on ‘Grease’ Before Fox’s Live Musical Broadcast >>

Fox’s broadcast of 'Grease Live', starring Julianne Hough & Aaron Tveit, is just around the corner. All the hype surrounding the show has me waxing nostalgic, musing about the movie that shaped my life.

Broadway ‘Disaster’ Max Crumb & Laura Osnes Talks ‘You’re the One That I Want’ Before Fox ‘Grease’ Live >>

Some people are born to fly. Others are born to become poets. Some are just born to hand jive. Take Max Crumb ('Disaster') and Laura Osnes ('Pride & Prejudice') for example. The duo won the roles Danny and Sandy, respectively, on the NBC reality series 'Grease: You’re the One That I Want.' Now the summer lovers are getting back together to discuss Fox’s new liver version of the iconic Broadway musical.

Ryan Seacrest

Julianne Hough Used 'DWTS' to Prepare for 'Grease: Live?' >>

Trying to fill Olivia Newton-John's iconic shoes isn't going to be easy for Julianne Hough, but thankfully she has all her Dancing with the Stars experience to help get he through it. The reality TV beauty is set to play the lead role of Sandy in Fox's Grease: Live, which airs January 31. According to Hough, her vast experience as a dancer has left her uniquely prepared to blend the physical and spiritual for her first musical performance. Meanwhile, Bindi Irwin's little brother, Robert, claims that he and his mom, Terri, have been in talks to join Dancing with the Stars latest celebrity cast.

KeKe Palmer

Keke Palmer Joins Julianne Hough, Vanessa Hudgens for Cast of "Grease: Live On Fox" >>

This week it was revealed that Keke Palmer has joined the cast as one of the Pink Ladies, Marty--originally played by Dinah Manoff in the film.

Carrie Robbins

Broadway Costume Designer Carrie Robbins Turns Playwright >>

The two-time Tony winner who has designed the costumes for over 30 Broadway productions is having two one-act plays produced Off-Broadway.

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