There is a long history of Hollywood adapting popular Broadway musicals into major motion pictures, but sometimes that treatment also becomes a television event. On April 28 TVLine reported that the musical "Grease" will be airing as a live television special on Fox in 2015. A three hour special on the musical was announced just months after the success of "The Sound of Music" live musical that aired on NBC last year.
The event will mark the first time the story will be told live on television since the musical debuted in 1971. A movie version of the story was released in 1978 and starred Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta. The songs from the musical were first brought back by the television drama "Glee," so it's appropriate the live version will lasso air on the same network. In 2007, Fox also aired a television series to let contestants compete for leading roles on the Broadway show.
The event will be called "Grease Live" and is expected to bring the popular characters and songs to a whole new generation. The three hour event is tentatively scheduled to air on a Sunday and is expected to bring in high ratings. NBC brought in over twenty-two million viewers when Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer appeared as the leads in "The Sound of Music," and the network has already lined up "Peter Pan" as its next live musical.
On April 28 Entertainment Weekly posted that this will be the first live television special of a musical for Fox, which continues the trend of live musicals on television. The story of Sandy, Danny and Rizzo is one of the most well known and recognizable in the world. The original idea was created by Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs, and the story also spawned a sequel. The film is still considered the highest grossing movie musical of all time and was an immense box office success.