"Grease" was definitely the word--at least last night on FOX, when the network aired a live musical performance that had all of social media talking. While other live television musicals have been met with mixed reviews (people adored The Wiz but were less enthralled with The Sound of Music), Grease was determined to set a new standard for production and star quality. Here are the most memorable moments of Grease Live. And if you someone how missed out on the musical experience, you can catch it all on Hulu.
Aaron Tveit's Short Shorts
Finger crossed Danny's shorts get smaller with every cut away #GreaseLive
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) February 1, 2016
You aren't alone, Anna Kendricks; many people couldn't help but notice that actor Aaron Tveit was showing quite a lot of leg as he played Danny Zucko. Were shorts really that short in days of yore? Regardless, someone should really send the costume department a gift basket.
Vanessa Hudgens' Show-Stealing Performance
Vanessa Hudgens dedicated last night's #GreaseLive to her late father https://t.co/ChTeKsRYzt pic.twitter.com/oo17f3pU7f — Variety (@Variety) February 1, 2016
Hours before Grease Live aired, Vanessa Hudgens released the news that her beloved father had passed away. But the show must go on, and Hudgens dedicated her performance to her dad. As Rizzo, she simply stole the show--sassy, flirty, fun, and heartbreaking all at once. Hudgens gave it her all, and certainly did her father proud.
Joe Jonas' Cameo
— Marie Claire (@marieclaire) February 1, 2016
Grease Live was packed to the gills with star-studded cameos (and original cast members), but the one that brought the house down was Joe Jonas and his band performing "Rock And Roll Will Never Die." It was a fun a playful performance (although the melodious tones of Boyz II Men in "Beauty School Dropout" remains a personal favorite).
Keke Palmer Breaks Out
Keke Palmer is answering the question, "what if Whitney Houston had played Marty?" and I am HERE for it!#GreaseLIVE — Emerson Collins (@ActuallyEmerson) February 1, 2016
Nickelodeon fans fondly remember Keke Palmer from her days as True Jackson, VP. But the actress is all grown up and ready to take no prisoners in her fun, funny, and frankly fabulous turn as Marty. Her songs rocked, her moves ruled, and she helped make Grease Live a truly memorable experience.
Carly Rae Jepson Deserves That Phone Call
‘Grease: Live’ — Carly Rae Jepsen Meets Original Frenchy & It Was Everything https://t.co/BowKo5R4HN
— The Trailer Dude (@thetrailerdude) February 1, 2016
If you came to loathe Carly Rae Jepson back when "Call Me Maybe" was playing everywhere, nonstop, it's time to let bygones be bygones; her performance as Frenchy is simply a delight to behold. But perhaps the best part of seeing her strut her stuff was the absolutely wonderful appearance of the original Frenchy, Didi Conn. Seeing these two share the stage was sweet and oddly nostalgic (and a touching tribute to the original Beauty School Dropout).