'Grease Live' Cast vs. the Original -- They Go Together Like Rama Lama Ding Dong (PHOTOS)

Anne Meadows | Jan 28, 2016 TV
'Grease Live' Cast vs. the Original -- They Go Together Like Rama Lama Ding Dong (PHOTOS)

The kids from Rydell High are back! Grease: Live has an all-new cast, and they totally nail the look of the original (and some of them are almost age-appropriate!). For the Pink Ladies squad, Julianne Hough stars as Sandy, Vanessa Hudgens sings as Rizzo, and Grammy-nominated Carly Rae Jepsen plays Frenchy. Although I'm heartbroken to report Zac Efron isn't playing Danny Zuko (come on, he would have been perf!), Aaron Tveit seems like an appropriately dreamboat-y fit for the role.

Unlike NBC's Peter Pan Live! and The Sound of Music Live!, Grease Live! will be staged before a live studio audience. Will the fans sing along? Start a dance mob in the aisles? Or walk out in boredom if the whole thing is a flop? This is Fox's first foray into live musicals; who knows what could happen!

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Back in 1978, the movie Grease earned nearly $400 million worldwide, making it the top grossing movie musical ever. So whether you're going to be hate-watching or belting out "You're The One That I Want" with the rest of us cool people, you certainly won't be alone tuning in to the reboot.

Grease: Live airs at 7 p.m. Eastern on Fox on Sunday, January 31.  

Click through the slideshow above to see how the familiar faces have been re-cast!


Images via Tommy Garcia/Fox; Paramount Pictures

  • Frenchy: "Beauty School Dropout"

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    Adorably daffy Pink Lady Frenchy was originally portrayed by Didi Conn. "Call Me Maybe" singer Carly Rae Jepsen plays her in the live show.

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  • Marty: "Maraschino. You know ... as in cherry."

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    Keke Palmer of Masters of Sex and Scream Queens plays the role of Pink Lady Marty, originally played by Dinah Manoff. 

  • Sonny: "I'll take no crap from nobody."

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    Michael Tucci played the incorrigable (and slightly disgusting) Sonny in the movie, and Broadway regular Andrew Call takes the role for Grease Live!.

  • Doody: "Like a beautiful blonde pineapple!"

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    Barry Pearl played the T-Bird "Doody," named for his resemblence to Howdy Doody. Jordan Fisher from Teen Beach Movie is Doody for the live broadcast.

  • Jan: "It says right here it's a dessert wine."

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    Kether Donohue from You're The Worst and Pitch Perfect takes over the role of Jan, played by Jamie Donnelly in the film. 

  • The Band: "Let's Hand Jive!"

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    Image via Paramount Pictures; Tommy Garcia/Fox

    Johnny Casino and the Gamblers was the band hired to play the dance at Rydell High. In the movie, the band was played by real life band Sha Na Na. In the live show, Joe Jonas's group DNCE will perform.

  • Putzie: "I think there's more to you..."

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    Innocent sweetheart Putzie was played by Kelly Ward in the film; David Del Rio of Spare Parts and The Troop will perform the role live.

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  • Rizzo: "Peachy keen, jellybean."

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    Image via Paramount Pictures; Tommy Garcia/Fox

    Rydell High's bad girl Rizzo was played by then 34-year-old Stockard Channing. Vanessa Hudgens takes over for Grease Live. 

  • Kenickie: "A hickey from Kenickie..."

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    Image via Paramount Pictures; Tommy Garcia/Fox

    Your favorite BTR alum Carlos PenaVega plays Danny's tough-guy best buddy Kenickie, originally played by Jeff Conaway.

  • Danny: "Greased Lightning!"

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    Danny Zuko is the ultimate '50s bad boy, complete with greasy hair, a leather jacket, and a frisky past. John Travolta brought the role to life in the film, and now Aaron Tveit takes it on in Grease Live!.

  • Sandy: "Are you making fun of me, Riz?"

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    Image via Paramount Pictures; Tommy Garcia/Fox

    Sweet and hilariously naive, Sandy is without a doubt the star of Grease. Played perfectly in the film by Olivia Newton-John, Sandy will be performed by dancing pro Julianne Hough in the new live version.

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  • "Tell me about it ... stud."

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    Image via Paramount Pictures; Tommy Garcia/Fox

    Sandy's transformation is truly head-turning. Her foxy finale outfit has become iconic "bad girl" style. Looks like the live show has totally nailed the costuming!

  • We Go Together

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    Image via Paramount Pictures; Tommy Garcia/Fox

    Julianne Hough and Aaron Tveit recreate this iconic Grease poster of Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta as Sandy and Danny.

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