Sunday, January 31, 2016

Behind the Scenes at Friday's "Grease Live!" Dress Rehearsal

Grease Live
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:

Grease Live
Wendell Pierce is Coach Calhoun

Grease Live
Didi Conn, the "Grease" constant, is back!

Grease Live
Football players

Grease Live
Sizing up the Rydell gym/auditorium's basketball hoop

Grease Live
Rydell High, re-created on a Warner Bros. soundstage

Grease Live
The Pink Ladies' lunch table

Grease Live
Join the Rydell pep squad!

Grease Live
Gym shoes only

Grease Live
Preparing the National Bandstand scenes

Grease Live

Scene of the dance

Grease Live
The outdoor carnival

Grease Live
Site of the big finale

2 comments:

Rosie said...

I read that Manny Montana and Vanessa Ferlito from Graceland were there to support Aaron. Did you see them at all. Are they in any of your pictures?

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