Who Watched Grease Live?

@patgalca (14605)
Orangeville, Ontario
January 31, 2016 11:24pm CST
What did you think? I positively loved it. Online, I saw people complaining that Danny Zukko was not John Travolta. Honestly, I think the actor who played Danny did a great job and was trying hard NOT to be John Travolta. There is only one John Travolta and he would have been a fool to try and copy him - though he came pretty darn close. (The person complaining on Facebook was told by others to "turn the channel" and "stop being a Debbie Downer"). A lot of the lines were word for word from the original movie (yes, I know the movie word for word, song for song). I liked what was probably an adlibbed line about unexpected rain because it was raining in L.A. and the opening scenes were filmed outside... in the rain. And if you caught any of the scenes between scenes (you can find them on Facebook on the Grease Live page) you'd seen the actors running out into the rain to the trams that took them from one sound stage to another. Audio dropped for a bit during the live feed on the eastern channel but they got it fixed for the re-air on the western feed. Yup, I'm watching it again. The principal played almost identically to the one in the movie. She was great! I couldn't for the life of me figure out who the mechanics teacher was. She looked so familiar. I looked her up and was surprised to see that it was none other than Eve Plumb - Jan from the original Brady Bunch t.v. show. Apparently she was in the Broadway version of Grease. In searching around I learned that Kinicki (originally played by Jeff Conaway) was one of the stars who competed on the last season of Dancing With The Stars. I saw a comment that Vanessa Hudgeons (who played Rizzo) did great "considering". Considering what, I did not know. But she nailed Rizzo. Further searching led me to learn that Vanessa's father passed away YESTERDAY! But the show must go on, and go it did. What a great movie. Grease has always been one of my favourites and I thought I might be disappointed with the movie because The Sound of Music Live was a bit of a disappointment (but then, it was the first time a live movie was tried so I let them off the hook a bit - Peter Pan was worse). Anyone have any comments to add?
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@Elizaby (3981)
• Pensacola, Florida
1 Feb 16
I watch a good bit of the show and it was pretty good and was glad to see Mario Lopez actually had a part in the production besides providing some of the behind scenes as the cast prepared for the next scene
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@patgalca (14605)
• Orangeville, Ontario
1 Feb 16
I knew that his lines were going to be quick and rhyming and was waiting for him to slip up. I don't know why. Glad he pulled it off, though. It was a great job by everyone.
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• United States
5 Feb 16
I thought it was most appropriate to move around some of the songs for example instead of singing the Hopelessly Devoted Song in the middle of the pajama party scene, it was better positioned after the experience at the drive in . . . GREAT SHOW and Julienne Hough did a great job also not being like Olivia Newton John as sandy but Juliennes own inner 'Sandra dee' . . .
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@patgalca (14605)
• Orangeville, Ontario
6 Feb 16
The same can be said for the role of Danny. He wasn't trying to be like John Travolta. A lot of people were complaining because he WASN'T John Travolta which his ridiculous. He did hit it pretty close those. I had never heard of the guy before but he caught my eye and began looking him up online. Changing some of the words to some of the songs was okay but didn't like the different choreography for Greased Lightening.
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• United States
6 Feb 16
Well the entire production was well re-written in a small sort of way and as it did NOT top the original, I gave it a definite @patgalca
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@patgalca (14605)
• Orangeville, Ontario
9 Feb 16
@enlightenedpsych2 Nothing will top the original, and I don't think it was meant to. It was supposed to be the same story told in a different way, if you know what I mean.
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@just4him (127167)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
2 Feb 16
Great review. I didn't see it, and I've not seen the movie. I was also disappointed with Sound of Music.
@patgalca (14605)
• Orangeville, Ontario
2 Feb 16
We have to keep in the mind that a) The Sound of Music Live was the very first time a live movie had been attempted and b) Carrie Underwood can't act. Aside from Peter Pan (which was terrible) these live movies are improving as they get more and more experienced doing it. I know there is another one coming; I can't remember which one it is.
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@just4him (127167)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
3 Feb 16
@patgalca Had I seen Grease Live, I wouldn't have known whether it was good or not since I've never seen the movie. I had seen Sound of Music many times, and yes, the live one was horrid. I've not need the Peter Pan one live.
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@patgalca (14605)
• Orangeville, Ontario
3 Feb 16
@just4him I just love musicals as a whole. I didn't care to watch Peter Pan but there was nothing else on tv at the time. I'm glad I saw it but it was terrible.
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• United States
2 Feb 16
missed it didnt get the chance to see it
• United States
1 Feb 16
I didn't watch it. I have seen the movie and really wasn't very entertained by it. Not that it was bad, just wasn't my cup of tea.
@LadyDuck (176483)
• Switzerland
1 Feb 16
No, I did not watch Grease Live, I remember the old movie and I did not like it so much even when it was first released.
@JudyEv (134917)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Feb 16
Glad you enjoyed it. I've only ever seen the original film which I enjoyed.