Grease is the Word
Well, I did my duty and watched "Grease: You're the One That I Want" on NBC tonight. For those who don't know, the show gives the viewers the chance to vote for the leads for the upcoming Broadway production of "Grease." They're fighting it out for the parts of Danny and Sandy, played in the film version by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. Olivia was a guest on tonight's show, and she looks great - I've always been crazy about her. (Don't tell my wife!)
I was certainly impressed by Derek Keeling, whose hometown is listed as Charleston, WV. I thought he was from Scott Depot? Still, he was the first singer on the stage (after an opening group number), and he was terrific.
The show itself is obviously an "homage" to "American Idol," using the same format for performances, the same number of judges and the same incredibly enthusiastic audience. The hosts I could do without - they're a bit plastic for my tastes - but the performers are all very talented. Since I came in on the middle, I'm not at all familiar with the performers, so I don't find myself as hooked on this show as I am on "Idol," but since it's theatre-related I'll hang with it.
I certainly like Derek's chances - he's a handsome guy who certainly looks the part of Danny, and he has a great voice and a strong stage presence - he was working the crowd.
We'll keep you updated as the show rolls along.