or


[08/08/06 - 12:00 AM]
NBC Searches for the Stars of the New Broadway Production of 'Grease' in 'You'Re the One That We Want' a New Talent Competition Series to Premiere Mid-Season

[via press release from NBC]

NBC SEARCHES FOR THE STARS OF THE NEW BROADWAY PRODUCTION OF 'GREASE' IN 'YOU'RE THE ONE THAT WE WANT' A NEW TALENT COMPETITION SERIES TO PREMIERE MID-SEASON

"Grease" Will Open on Broadway in June 2007 Directed and Choreographed by Two-time Tony Award-winner Kathleen Marshall

"Grease" Co-creator Jim Jacobs, Tony Award-winner Kathleen Marshall and Renowned Theatre Producer David Ian Set as Talent Judges

BURBANK -- August 8, 2006 -- NBC will search for the next Sandy Dumbrowski and Danny Zuko in "You're the One That We Want," a new talent competition series from BBC Worldwide Productions, for mid-season where America will ultimately get to choose the two leads for a new Broadway production of "Grease." The new production of "Grease" will open on Broadway in June 2007 and will be directed and choreographed by two-time Tony Award-winner Kathleen Marshall ("The Pajama Game"). Paul Nicholas and David Ian Associates, Nederlander Presentations and Phoenix Productions will produce. Jim Jacobs, the co-creator of "Grease" along with Tony Award-winning director/choreographer Kathleen Marshall and renowned theatre producer David Ian are set as judges on "You're the One That We Want." The announcement was made today by Kevin Reilly, President, NBC Entertainment.

Craig Plestis, Senior Vice President of Alternative Programming and Development, NBC Entertainment said, "The winning appeal of 'Grease' and its timeless score and storyline extends across all generations and will make for a fantastic series. Americans have grown up with these catchy tunes and appealing characters and we think they'll love the chance to select the next dynamic duo to play Sandy and Danny."

Wayne Garvie, Director of Content & Production BBC Worldwide, says: "This show is the real deal, a talent search with a phenomenal and tangible prize. We've got judges with the best credentials and with a huge investment in the success on Broadway. The stakes have never been higher in a talent show, with America eventually deciding on the next Sandy and Danny. I'm convinced that nothing can beat this piece for its resonance with the American audience - 'Grease' will once again capture the hearts and souls of the nation."

Producer David Ian remarks: "I am absolutely thrilled to be involved with this groundbreaking programme. To be able to search the whole of the United States for two new stars to open on Broadway is a truly unique opportunity. I have been involved with 'Grease' for 15 years and to at last be presenting the show on Broadway with my dear friends at the Nederlander Organization is a dream come true. I cannot wait to work with the phenomenally talented Kathleen Marshall and the show's creator Jim Jacobs to create a brand new 'Grease' for this millennium."

"Grease," by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, is the all-American musical, based on the sub-cultures of high school life in the 1950's. The show takes place at the hyperactive Rydell High School, where Danny Zuko fronts his gang - the raucous T-Birds - who romance their sassy female equivalents - the Pink Ladies. When "good-girl" Sandy Dumbrowski arrives in town, the Pink Ladies take her under their collective wing.

"Grease" originated in Chicago and made its premiere at The Kingston Mines Theater in 1971 before making its New York premiere off-Broadway at the Eden Theatre on February 14, 1972. After 128 performances and much popularity, the show made the transition to Broadway taking up residence at the Broadhurst Theatre on June 7, 1972. "Grease" was nominated for seven Tony Awards in its spectacular initial run. On November 21, 1972, the show moved to the Royale Theatre. It closed on Broadway after playing 3,388 performances, closing as the longest running show in Broadway history. In 1978, "Grease" became a hugely popular feature film starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John in the lead roles. A Broadway revival opened on May 11, 1994 at the Eugene O'Neil Theatre where it played 1,503 performances and won three Tony Award nominations. A London revival opened on July 15, 1993 at the Dominion Theatre and ran for six years on London's West End and is still touring today.

The film version of "Grease" produced one of the best-selling soundtracks in history and is the highest-grossing movie musical of all time. The two Travolta/Newton-John duets, "You're The One That I Want" and "Summer Nights" were both number one hits and appear on the United Kingdom's All-Time Best-Selling Singles list. The song "Hopelessly Devoted to You" was nominated for an Academy Award (1979) for Best Music - Original Song and the film's title song, "Grease is the Word" was a number one smash hit single for singer Frankie Valli.

"Grease" is one of the most successful Broadway musicals and motion pictures of all time. In addition to Travolta, some of the actors who have portrayed Danny include Richard Gere, Treat Williams, Patrick Swayze and Barry Bostwick. Other actresses who have played Sandy include pop stars Debbie Gibson and Dannii Minogue, as well as Elaine Paige.

The new Broadway production will feature the smash Jacobs/Casey songs made famous by the the original play including "Summer Nights," "Greased Lightning" and "We Go Together."

"You're the One That We Want" is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. The BBC's Paul Telegdy and David Ian are the Executive Producers.

Tickets for "Grease" will go on-sale on December 1, 2006. Group Sales are available now by calling Nederlander Group Sales at 212-840-3890.





  [august 2006]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
  


· GREASE: YOU'RE THE ONE THAT I WANT (NBC)





[05/04/16 - 04:31 PM]
ABC Announces the Teams Competing on the "Battlebots: The Gears Awaken" Preview Special, Airing Tuesday, May 10
The epic robot-fighting tournament "BattleBots" is back for season two this summer on Thursday, June 23.

[05/04/16 - 04:00 PM]
GSN Celebrates Mother's Day with Special Mom-Themed Marathon of "Family Feud," Sunday, May 8
Each of the 10 specially selected half-hour shows features questions designed to remind viewers about the woman they love the most - their mom - on her special day.

[05/04/16 - 02:15 PM]
Seth MacFarlane to Create, Executive-Produce and Star in New Hour-Long, Live-Action Comedic Drama Series for FOX
Set 300 years in the future, the series follows the adventures of the Orville, a not-so-top-of-the-line exploratory ship in Earth's interstellar Fleet.

[05/04/16 - 02:11 PM]
Geniuses Face Off in an Intense Test of Knowledge and Stamina on the Season Premiere of ABC's "500 Questions"
The five-night event series concludes with a two-hour season finale on Wednesday, June 1.

[05/04/16 - 01:03 PM]
"Saturday Night Live" Returns in May with Three Back-to-Back Shows
Brie Larson (May 7), Drake (May 14) and Fred Armisen (May 21) will close out the show's season.

[05/04/16 - 01:01 PM]
Megyn Kelly to Sit Down with Laverne Cox during "MEGYN KELLY presents," Airing Tuesday, May 17, on FOX
As previously announced, the special also will feature Kelly's first extensive sit-down interview with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

[05/04/16 - 12:02 PM]
"Check It Out! With Dr. Steve Brule" Season 4 Premieres Friday, June 17th at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT on Adult Swim
The new season will be followed by "Decker: Unclassified," starring Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington.

[05/04/16 - 12:00 PM]
Start Your Summer with an Animated Adventure During Freeform's "Funday" Weekend Programming Event on May 14 and 15
Experience college through Mike Wazowski's eye, whip up recipes with Remy, and cheer on Wreck-It Ralph and Aladdin as they attempt to prove themselves as heroes.

[05/04/16 - 11:57 AM]
GSN to Launch First Spinoff Series from "Skin Wars" Franchise; "Skin Wars: Fresh Paint" Debuts Wednesday, June 15 at 10PM ET/PT
The series features three of "Skin Wars" top former contestants who mentor six new, highly accomplished artists each week.

[05/04/16 - 10:49 AM]
National Geographic Launches a Covert Investigation Into the Disappearance of Adventurer Cody Dial in Riveting True-Crime Series, "Missing Dial"
The six-part series launches Sunday, May 22 at 10:00/9:00c on the network.

[05/04/16 - 10:25 AM]
Valerie Bertinelli Entertains Friends & Family on the Return of "Valerie's Home Cooking"
Valerie is back in the kitchen sharing her tips for easy-to-make, delicious dishes and homemade recipes, adding her own signature touches and flavor along the way.

[05/04/16 - 10:08 AM]
TNT Teams Up with E4 on "Foreign Bodies"
The series is the story of a motley gang of travellers embarking on a three-month trip around Asia.

[05/04/16 - 10:01 AM]
2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Champion Abby Wambach Joins ESPN
Wambach will cover international sporting events for the network later this summer at the UEFA European Football Championship 2016 in France and 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

[05/04/16 - 09:39 AM]
E! Announces Four New Unscripted Series as the Pop Culture Powerhouse Continues to Expand on Successful Primetime Slate
Highlights include a spin-off of hit franchise "WAGS" (Wives and Girlfriends of Sports Stars) set against the sunny, sexy backdrop of South Florida.

[05/04/16 - 09:34 AM]
Netflix Celebrates "Marseille"
In advance of the series launch on May 5, Netflix surprised the residents of Marseille today in true Hollywood fashion when a french twist of the original "Hollywood" sign was erected to overlook the city.