***image2:left***NBC has announced that they will air the reality series You’re the One That I Want Sundays next year. The series, which will cast the leads in a new Broadway revival of Grease, will make its debut on January 7, 2007 at 8pm. The first two episodes will be an hour-and-a-half with each subsequent episode running a half hour.
The show will be co-hosted by Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush and British TV star Denise Van Outen.
The new production of Grease is set to open on Broadway in June 2007 with direction and choreography by Kathleen Marshall. Producing will be Paul Nicholas and David Ian Associates, Nederlander Presentations and Phoenix Productions.
Co-creator of Grease, Jim Jacobs, Kathleen Marshall, and theater producer David Ian will serve as judges on the competition.
Craig Plestis, Senior Vice President of Alternative Programming and Development, NBC Entertainment said previously in a statement, “The winning appeal of Grease and its timeless score and storyline extends across all generations and will make for a fantastic series. Americans have grown up with these catchy tunes and appealing characters and we think they’ll love the chance to select the next dynamic duo to play Sandy and Danny.”
Wayne Garvie, Director of Content and Production BBC Worldwide also said previously in a statement, “This show is the real deal, a talent search with a phenomenal and tangible prize. We’ve got judges with the best credentials and with a huge investment in the success on Broadway. The stakes have never been higher in a talent show, with America eventually deciding on the next Sandy and Danny. I’m convinced that nothing can beat this piece for its resonance with the American audience – Grease will once again capture the hearts and souls of the nation.”
Grease made its Broadway debut at the Broadhurst Theater on June 7, 1992 where it went on to earn seven Tony nominations. It then transferred to the Royale on November 21, 1972 and closed after 3,388 performances. The popular film starring John Travolta and Oliva Newton-John was released in 1978. The musical was revived in 1994 at the Eugene O’Neil Theater where it went on to run for 1,503 performances and earned three Tony nominations.