It seems that the musical bug will not stop biting Vanessa Hudgens. Less than a week after her debut as Gigi at the Kennedy Center, Fox announced that Hudgens will be playing Rizzo, the loud-mouthed pink lady in a live musical broadcast of Grease. In the original film, Rizzo was portrayed by actress Stockard Channing.
Fox is attempting to follow NBC’s footsteps by creating updated versions of classic musicals and broadcasting them on live television. NBC’s previous musical, Peter Pan, aired in December.
Hudgens is simply “cranked” (that’s how you said “excited” in the 1950’s) on becoming a sassy pink lady.
“Playing Rizzo is something I never imagined. I love that, because it will be a new challenge. I cannot wait to bring her to life on live television. I am going to be a pink lady!”
Hudgens will be starring alongside Julianne Hough, who will play goody-two-shoes Sandy. Fox has yet to announce the rest of the cast, but it is rumored that Hudgens’ ex-boyfriend and High School Musical co-star, Zac Efron, may play Danny Zucko. Perhaps that awkward situation may help Hudgens get into her bad-girl character?
Grease is expected to premiere on January 31, 2016.