As a big fan of the movie, I really wanted to see this. I’d never seen it on the stage (would love to) and I thought this would be good. Although no one else in the entire world liked Rock of Ages the movie ( I want to see this on stage as well) I LOVED it and thought Julianne Hough was great in it so I was into this one. Fun Fact: I even signed up to be an audience member for Grease Live but was unable to go. Jesse J has rocked my world since I saw her perform in a throne, with a broken foot at Glastonbury (on tv) and she killed it! Now that I have had a few days to think about it and I’ve made it through the first week of the semester, I can write about this! I actually watched it between classes on Monday. Pow!
So let’s get into the review now that I’ve wasted enough time on all the stuff I love and want to see or whatever.
Things I liked:
First I want to point out that I loved Jessie J’s version Grease is the Word. It was choreographed so well with her walking around, interacting with the crowd and performing as if it wasn’t raining down on her head. So good.
Next, that Vanessa Hudgens put on such a great performance in the wake of her father passing away the day before was remarkable. I really liked her as Rizzo, she did great with the sarcasm, the singing and the overall badassedness of the character.
Julianne as Sandy. She was really good, cute, innocent has a great voice and we already knew she could dance, she was showing out at that cheerleader tryout, haha!
Doody! What a cute guy Jordan Smith, who played Doody. They made him a much more endearing character for this. (again, I haven’t seen it on the stage so I can only compare to the movie).
Ms. Keke Palmer played Marty as confident and sassy which I loved. I also kind of liked that she pushed off Vince Fontaine because he was so old. Mario Lopez is gorgeous of course but in the original movie, the actor appear much, much older than Marty and it was weird that she would go for that.
Boyz 2 Men as the Teen Angel. Now that was a treat. They took an iconic song and made it their own without really ruffling any feathers. Though they struggled a bit with choreography, I was still here for it.
Elle McLemore as Patty Simcox. Girl was on point, her character was developed. This chick came PREPARED. YES!
Of course I was totally here for the diversity of the characters. Shoutout to Wendell Pierce as Couch Calhoun! It was great to see Didi Conn (Frenchy from he movie) cast here as well as Ana Gasteyer who did a great Principal McGee.
Things I didn’t like:
It got sorta clunky with the driving of the carts through the studios to the carnival at the end. Obviously I’m not in show biz and have no idea how to stage stuff but it was a little clunky especially because one of them went up on a curb on accident. Could you imagine if they tipped over?!?!?? Ha!
Aaron Tveit’s had a hard time with his timing sometimes, especially during Grease Lightning and he sort of seemed like he was imitating John Travolta and not making the character his own. Ditto with Carlos Penavega and his portrayal of Kinickie. He was also awkward in the love scenes. Sorryboutit.
Carly Rae Jepson sorta fell flat as Frenchy, one of the best characters in the whole thing.
Let’s talk about the costume changes! They were jumping into those changes. I can’t imagine how crazy that probably was. Sheesh! Overall, I liked it a lot. I think the success of The Wiz Live sort of forced everyone else to step their games up with the live televised musicals. Anywho, if you were thinking of watching it but weren’t sure if it was worth the time, I say go ‘head on and watch it!
Grease Live is available now on the Fox website, Hulu, and Amazon. Until next time…