Aaron to Star as Danny Zuko in Fox’s “Grease: Live”

July 9, 2015 • Category: Grease: Live, Stage Work, Television News 7

You won’t have to be in New York to catch Aaron in his next musical role: he’s the one that Fox wants as Danny Zuko in their upcoming staging of “Grease: Live,” to air in January.

After the success of NBC’s The Sound of Music Live!, Fox announced back in 2014 that they would produce a “spectacular live event” of the Paramount Pictures musical, Grease. Entertainment Weekly initially reported that the iconic roles have been “tricky” to fill. Now, months later, Fox has finally found their Danny Zuko in Aaron Tveit.

“I’m thrilled and honored to be joining this incredibly talented team of actors in re-imagining this classic and beloved musical,” Aaron said of his involvement. “Playing Danny Zuko is a dream role and I can’t wait to be a part of all the fun that comes along with performing live on television.”

In addition to Aaron’s recent involvement, Carlos PenaVega is also joining the production. He’ll be portraying Kenickie, Danny Zuko’s sidekick. They will star alongside previously announced actresses Julianne Hough (playing Sandy), Vanessa Hudgens (Rizzo), and Keke Palmer (Marty Maraschino), with further casting yet to be announced.

Thomas Kail (Hamilton) and Alex Rudzinski (“Dancing With The Stars”) will serve as the stage and live television directors in this new production of Grease that Fox states will “re-imagine the hit crossover musical for an entirely new generation.” Adapting the 1950s-set movie-musical into its new live format are Broadway writers Robert Cary and Jonathan Tolins. Marc Platt – who recently produced the movie adaptation of Into The Woods – is set to executive produce “Grease: Live.”

The live television event is currently scheduled to air January 31, 2016.

7 Responses to “Aaron to Star as Danny Zuko in Fox’s “Grease: Live””

  1. I could not be more thrilled about this news! Grease has always been one of my favorite movies, and to see Aaron portray Danny is like a dream come true.

  2. i’ll be on campus then but hopefully hopefully i’ll have a roommate who has a tv or i can ask a friend if i can watch it on theirs since i’d love to see aaron in Grease :D

  3. So happy that Aaron will be singing again ,can’t wait too see it ,

  4. Do you know if it will be released on DVD or through iTunes for people outside the US ?

  5. I’m thrilled, not only for us who will be able to witness the show, but also for Aaron, who I’m sure is going to have a ball working on this show and with Julianne Hough. They will make a wonderful couple. Smart decision by Fox!

  6. Carlos Pena starred as Danny Zuko in a local production of Grease in S.Florida in about 2005 or 2006. I was his musical director

  7. Great to hear that Aaron will be doing this and gets back to singing.
    Hope to be able to somehow see this overhere in Europe.

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