‘Grease’ TV Show Prequel Series Announces Cast
Streaming service Paramount Plus has announced the cast for its upcoming musical prequel series, Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies.
The show will be set in 1954 four years before the events of Grease, and follow the journey of four fed-up outcast girls Rizzo, Frenchy, Marty, and Jan who lived by their own rules and later on, ruled Rydell High in their Senior year.
Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies will have ten episodes and as previously reported it is written and executive-produced by Annabel Oakes who will also be the showrunner.
According to a report by Variety, the cast includes Marisa Davila as Jane, Cheyenne Isabel Wells as Olivia, Ari Notartomaso as Cynthia, Tricia Fukuhara as Nancy, Shanel Bailey as Hazel, Madison Thompson as Susan, Johnathan Nieves as Richie, Jason Schmidt as Buddy, Maxwell Whittington-Cooper as Wally and Jackie Hoffman as Asst. Principal McGee. Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies is expected to premiere on Paramount Plus later this year.
Based on the 1971 musical of the same name by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, Grease starred John Travolta as Danny Zuko and Olivia Newton-John as Sandy, while Grease 2 starred Maxwell Caulfield and Michelle Pfeiffer. The franchise returned in 2016 via a live staging on Fox which starred Aaron Tveit, Julianne Hough, and Vanessa Hudgens.
Locally, Grease was most recently staged by 9 Works Theatrical last 2013, with Gian Magdangal as Danny Zuko and Franchesca Farr as Sandy Dumbrowski, and Guji Lorenzana and Tippy Dos Santos taking on the lead roles for the 2014 rerun.