FOX’s Grease: Live musical has found their Danny Zuko in Broadway sensation Aaron Tveit.
“I’m thrilled and honored to be joining this incredibly talented team of actors in reimagining this classic and beloved musical,” said Tveit in the press release. “Playing ‘Danny Zuko’ is a dream role and I can’t wait to be a part of all the fun that comes along with performing live on television.”
Tveit currently stars in USA’s cable series Graceland as FBI rookie Mike Warren. His television background is expansive as he had a recurring role on Gossip Girl and guest-starred on The Good Wife, Ugly Betty and Law And Order: Special Victims Unit. His film background includes playing Enjolras in the 2012 film adaption of Les Miserables.
The Graceland star will be joined by Carlos PenaVega who will play Kenickie, Zuko’s tough-guy sidekick. Tveit and PenaVega join Julianne Hough as the angelic Sandy, Vanessa Hudgens as bad girl Rizzo and Keke Palmer as Marty.
Grease: Live will air on Sunday, January 31, 2016 on FOX.
GREASE: LIVE is executive-produced by Marc Platt (“Wicked,” “Into the Woods”). Thomas Kail (“Hamilton,” “In the Heights”) is the director overseeing the stage direction and Alex Rudzinski (“Dancing with the Stars”) will serve as the live television director. Broadway writers Robert Cary (“Anything but Love,” “Ira & Abby”) and Jonathan Tolins (“Buyer & Cellar,” “The Last Sunday in June”) will write the LIVE television adaptation. GREASE: LIVE is based on the original musical “Grease” by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, and Paramount Pictures’ 1978 feature adaptation. It is a Paramount Television production.