Fox to air first-ever live broadcast production of Grease

This undated image originally released by Paramount Pictures shows John Travolta, right, and Olivia Newton-John in a scene from the film "Grease." (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures)
This undated image originally released by Paramount Pictures shows John Travolta, right, and Olivia Newton-John in a scene from the film "Grease." (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures)

Fox will air a live, three-hour production of the massively popular crossover musical Grease, the network announced Monday.

Tentatively titled “Grease Live,” the broadcast is scheduled to air in 2015 and will feature a young ensemble cast, which has yet to be announced.

“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,” said Shana C. Waterman, senior vice president of event series for Fox. “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.”

Based on the 1971 Broadway musical of the same name with book, lyrics and music by the legendary team of Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs, the 1978 hit film “Grease,” starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, grossed nearly $400 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing movie musical ever.

“Grease Live” will include performances of “Summer Nights,” “Greased Lightnin’” and “We Go Together,” as well as the iconic songs written by John Farrar, “Hopelessly Devoted to You” and “You’re the One That I Want.” The broadcast will reimagine some of the story’s most memorable moments and characters from the T-Birds and Pink Ladies.

Grease Live will be a Paramount Television production.

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