OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN SET AS GUEST JUDGE IN THE FIRST TWO-HOUR LIVE PERFORMANCE EPISODE OF NBC'S POPULAR TALENT COMPETITION SERIES "GREASE: YOU'RE THE ONE THAT I WANT" AIRING JANUARY 28
Network Orders Two Additional Live Episodes, Bringing the Total Number of Episodes to 11
BURBANK -- January 17, 2007 -- Olivia Newton-John, four-time Grammy Award-winner and beloved star of the hit movie musical "Grease," will be a guest judge in the first live, two-hour performance episode of NBC's popular talent competition series "Grease: You're the One that I Want," airing on Sunday, January 28 (7-9 p.m. ET). As previously announced, Newton-John offered commentary and advice in the first two audition episodes of the series. In addition, the network has picked up two additional live episodes, bringing the total episode count to 11.
Beginning with the Sunday, January 28 episode, America will take over the decision making process as they will choose the two leads to star in a new Broadway production of "Grease," which opens on Broadway in July 2007 and will be directed and choreographed by two-time Tony Award-winner Kathleen Marshall ("The Pajama Game"). Marshall is also a judge on the TV series along with Jim Jacobs, the co-creator of "Grease" and renowned theater producer David Ian. Billy Bush ("Access Hollywood") and Denise Van Outen (Broadway's "Chicago") serve as host and co-host.
Olivia Newton-John's new album, "Grace & Gratitude," is inspired by her belief that music has the power to heal by calming our minds, lifting our spirits and connecting to our hearts. Named for her appreciation of the gift of life, "Grace & Gratitude" is part of the new "Olivia" product line to help women care for themselves in body, heart and spirit - available exclusively at Walgreens stores. Walgreens, in partnership with Newton-John, will donate 10% of the purchase price from "Grace & Gratitude" CDs purchased to Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization and a percentage from the breast self-exam kits and supplements to the City of Hope. For more information visit OliviaNewton-John.com.
"Grease: You're the One That I Want" is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. Al Edgington ("Last Comic Standing," "The Amazing Race"), Lou Stroller ("Tomb Raider," "The Rock," "Scarface") and Paul Telegdy, Senior Vice President, Programming and Production, BBC Worldwide, are the executive producers; Suzy Lamb ("BBC UK's "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?") is co-executive producer.