Sunday, January 07, 2007

Sandy And Danny: Who Are The Ones You Want?

Sandy And Danny: Who Are The Ones You Want?

The inevitable theatre reality show has finally arrived in America. Tonight marks the official ninety minute network debut of "Grease: You're The One That I Want" at 8:00 pm (7:00 pm CST) on NBC.

Given the show's name, it seems more than a little ironic that it's being hosted by First Cousin Billy Bush (onetime Roxie Hart Denise Van Outen shares in the hosting duties).

Tonight's episode includes the silver screen Sandy herself, Olivia Newton-John. That's entirely apropos given that much of the score from the movie never was heard on Broadway. Yet, the upcoming Kathleen Marshall-helmed Grease revival will include those tunes popularized in the flick like "Grease" and "You're The One That I Want."

Unlike "How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?" that selected a complete unknown to play Maria for the West End revival of The Sound Of Music, this program is set to pick the next Sandy Dumbrowski and Danny Zuko through an open casting call, meaning established actors can tryout for the upcoming Broadway revival alongside those with absolutely no theatrical experience or talent.

And to capitalize on the show's network premiere, tickets for the new Grease are already on sale for performances beginning on July 24, despite no cast and no slated theatre. It will be interesting to see how this show unfolds over the weeks to come. I for one intend to be in tonight's home audience just to see whether they're truly on to something (after all, The Sound Of Music received major critical acclaim last fall). There are worse things I could do.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

Click here for Grease tickets.
Related Stories:
The Sound Of Praise (November 16, 2006)
It's A Reality: The Sound Of Music Revival Comes Alive In London Tonight (November 15, 2006)
I've Got Chills, They're Multiplying: NBC Reality Show to Cast Grease (August 8, 2006)

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At 07 January, 2007, Blogger Isn't it rich...? said...

Now that I know Equity artists may apply, I'll Tivo this... thanks for the information as always! Nice Worse Things reference.

At 08 January, 2007, Blogger jungle dream pagoda said...

Ofcourse ,I'll watch,however,I found last nights show to be unsatisfactory (save the guy who sang "hunka burnin' love).The NewYork auditions will be interesting,and things should heat up at the Grease accademy.Oh,and total YUCK on the hosts.

At 08 January, 2007, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

It was a hard show to sit through, wasn't it?! Unfortunately, for the drama of television, they seemed to focus on a narrow lot, good and bad, rather than letting us see all the talent that made it through to the next round. Too bad for viewers at home.

At 08 January, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not a big fan of reality shows, and I felt that too much of this was designed for comic relief, rather than as a serious attempt to discover hidden talent. But hey, it's a TV reality show, what was I expecting!

At 08 January, 2007, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

You're right, Esther. I don't know what I was thinking!!


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