Listen up, Rydell! Grease is lightnin’ up our screens again, but this time, with a TV spinoff series.
Grease: Rydell High, set to debut on streaming service HBO Max, will follow the lives of new and familiar faces at Rydell High, the same high school attended by Danny, Sandy, Rizzo and all of the other iconic characters from the 1978 film (and 1982’s cult classic Grease 2 starring Michelle Pfeiffer). True to the original movies, the series will also feature – you guessed it – musical numbers.
“It’s still the 1950s, a world that rocks with big musical numbers from the period combined with new original songs as well,” said HBO Max about the project. “It’s the peer pressures of high school, the horrors of puberty, and the rollercoaster of life in middle America with a modern sensibility that will bring it to life for today’s musical lovers.”
While we have high hopes for the spinoff series, the description does give off major Glee vibes (in the words of Naya Rivera herself, Sorry Not Sorry). With the right casting, though, we’re sure this new iteration will live up to the original. While we likely won’t be seeing John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, and the rest of the original cast reprise their roles as high school students, we’d love to see them make a cameo. Maybe Didi Conn (aka Frenchie) can return as the OG beauty school dropout turned salon owner?
With Paramount Television producing the spinoff, the studio behind 2016’s Grease: Live TV, we’d love to see some of the Live cast appear as new characters – after all, they do have the original Grease vibes down to a T-bird.
Case-in-point? Vanessa Hudgens as Rizzo, singing “There Are Worse Things I Could Do.”
Vanessa Hudgens gave the best performance in a televised musical to date in “Grease,” and her choices should be studied by any actor cast in these productions from now on, in this essay I will— pic.twitter.com/KDzaEpcT0m
— Paul McCallion (@OrangePaulp) July 12, 2019
While we wait to find out if Vanessa will be taking on another high school musical, we’ll just be watching that performance on loop.