There are two new articles pertaining to “Grease: Live” that talk about preparing for the groundbreaking production, set to air live on Fox on various sound stages (with live audience). There are various quotes from cast and crew in the articles – by Los Angeles Times and New York Times – that further gives insight into this ambitious project. Check out excerpts below before heading to the sources for the full article:
The elaborate NBC renderings rotated scenes on one New York soundstage; the Fox affair is even more ambitious. The production will unfold over two soundstages housing a number of sets on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank. Production will also take place on Midwest Street — i.e., a backlot that they’ll use for exterior scenes of Rydell High and the carnival grounds.
“Ask me after it’s all over if I think the multiple soundstages was a good idea,” joked stage director Thomas Kail, known most recently for his celebrated stage work with Lin-Manuel Miranda in the smash Hamilton. “I wanted it to feel vibrant and vital the way the film did,” he said. “I wanted locations that felt like real places that could ground us so when we lift off and go to the fantasy of ‘Greased Lightnin” or the Teen Angel arrives, you have something to depart from.”
“We have affection for the movie and the stage play just as much as everybody else,” [Thomas] Kail said. “But it’s not about trying to redo those. It’s trying to capture the spirit.” …
[Aaron] Tveit, who is a bit more James Dean than John Travolta, said that he had a difficult time breaking free of the movie. “I had to say my lines out loud over and over for, like, two weeks before I got Travolta’s voice out of my head,” he said. “Tommy really helped,” Mr. Tveit continued. “He has this way of telling you what he wants without making you feel like your original choice was wrong. For actors, that’s everything.”
With so many promo videos for “Grease: Live” circling around, it can get a little intimidating keeping up! There’s also so many that site updates would be seemingly endless. Because of that, I’ve decided to create a “master post” featuring all the shorter videos that otherwise might get lost in the news shuffle.
Here, you’ll find videos that often feature Aaron Tveit in small interviews or as a soundbite. The newest videos will always be at the top, so keep checking back in (and following ATN on Twitter, where I’m constantly [re-]tweeting the latest as they’re released). To continue, click below:
On Thursday, January 21st, Aaron Tveit appeared on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” for the second time. Alongside the iconic Laurie Metcalf, he joined host Andy Cohen to share gossip (or not) and play a few games. Despite some prodding, Aaron – and Laurie – remained true professionals, speaking well of their co-stars even with a drinking game in play. You can find images from their appearance in the gallery, or view clips from the show and its after-party at Bravo’s official website.
The cast of “Grease: Live” stopped by the AOL studios in New York this afternoon, on January 18th. Aaron Tveit was joined by costars Julianne Hough, Carlos PenaVega, and Vanessa Hudgens to talk to AOL BUILD about their ambitious live staging of “Grease” on Fox. It’s a very insightful interview, with the cast clearly good friends as they praise one another and excitedly talk about their updated version of a beloved musical. Check out the video interview below, or head to AOL Build’s website to watch in HD.
This morning (January 18th), Aaron Tveit appeared on “The TODAY Show” in New York City. As promotion for the upcoming live broadcast of “Grease,” he praises the concept of musicals airing on television, pointing out the expense of going to Broadway these days. And, during a round of Greased Lightning, he reveals the cause of his first trip to the principal’s office. (Click the image above to be taken to the video interview.)
Yesterday (January 15th), the Television Critics Association hosted the Fox portion of their promo tour at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena, California. “Grease: Live” had their own panel to talk about the much buzzed about live adaptation, with Aaron Tveit and his fellow cast-mates in attendance. Although there is no video of the panel (will update if this changes), there are photos from the event in the gallery. You can also find pics from the Fox-hosted “All-Star” after-party in the gallery as well.
Paul Wontorek of Broadway.com recently flew to California to hang out on the “Grease: Live” set and talk to some of our favorite T-Birds. Aaron Tveit, Jordan Fisher, and Andrew Call were on-hand to give a short tour of the Warner Brothers lot in Burbank, where they’ll be shooting “Grease: Live” on three different stages. (For those interested, we get to see what the “Greased Lightnin'” set will look like in this video.) Aaron promises that this new adaptation will honor the original Broadway production of Grease while delivering something completely new.
Bonus video: Which character from Grease would the “Grease: Live” cast have hooked up with in high school? Some of their answers may be surprising. Check out the video on YouTube.
A new article on “Grease: Live” has appeared in TV Guide, focusing on what we can expect from the upcoming live event on Fox. The new adaptation will be shot on three different sets within the Warner Brothers lot in Burbank, CA — including an outdoor spade for the year-end carnival (an iconic scene in the movie-musical especially). Jetting from set to set on golf carts, the cast will also be equipped with social media tools (including GoPro cameras) to further connect to the audience live. Julianne Hough, playing Sandy, muses, “What world do we live in?!”
Aaron Tveit is featured in OUT Magazine, on a one-page spread that focuses primarily on Grease. In the article, he talks about Danny Zuko in particular — and how he plans on making the role his own, despite the public’s close association to John Travolta’s take. There’s also a brief mention of his upcoming CBS television series, “BrainDead.” With a description being a “mix of ‘The West Wing’ and Invasion Of The Body Snatchers,” it’s easy to look forward to the new show! Check out the full article in the image above.
Back in September, Aaron posted a teaser on his Instagram, stating “something really fun coming soon.” Today, fans finally got to see/hear what the new project was: a cover of “Defying Gravity” from Wicked.
As part of a new series called “Out Of Oz: Wicked Studio Sessions,” Wicked alumnus and current performers are asked to sing “reimagined versions of Wicked songs.” In this instance, former Fiyero Aaron Tveit joined forces with Rachel Tucker – currently playing the role of Elphaba on Broadway – and dueted a stunningly stripped down version of “Defying Gravity.” You can listen to the song (over and over again) at the video above.
"BrainDead" | GARETH Premiering June 13, 2016 on CBS.
A young filmmaker moves to DC for new work and discovers that the government has stopped working -- and that aliens have been eating the brains of congressmen and Hill staffers.
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When a star college baseball player is hit with the sobering news that he hasn't been drafted, a meaningless intramural baseball game with his wacky teammates turns into the most important game of his life.
Graceland is a place where nothing is what it seems and everyone has a secret. An elusive group of undercover agents from the FBI, DEA, and US Customs live and operate under one roof -- and their lies are their life.
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