Sunday, January 31, 2016
Behind the Scenes at Friday's "Grease Live!" Dress Rehearsal
Sunday night, "Grease" is the time, is the place, is the motion. I'll go ahead and add that "Grease" will be the way we are feeling.
Fox's heavily promoted "Grease Live!" is worth the hype. I was there on Friday at the Warner Bros. lot as the show's cast and crew went through the first of two dress rehearsals, before going live on Sunday evening. The massive production takes place over three soundstages, plus outdoors on the Warner Bros. lot. (Yes, it's happening even with the rain.) The logistics of pulling this off is pretty amazing. The casting is spot-on, and the classic songs are all there -- plus a few new ones. You'll get an idea of the scope of the production from the opening number, when Jessie J sings "Grease" while walking through the various stages and heading outside.
We weren't allowed to take photos during the actual rehearsal, but here are some snaps I got before the Friday dry run began:
Wendell Pierce is Coach Calhoun
Didi Conn, the "Grease" constant, is back!
Sizing up the Rydell gym/auditorium's basketball hoop
Rydell High, re-created on a Warner Bros. soundstage
The Pink Ladies' lunch table
Join the Rydell pep squad!
Gym shoes only
Preparing the National Bandstand scenes
Scene of the dance
The outdoor carnival
Site of the big finale