The Grease: Live executive producer spoke up this morning about Vanessa’s decision to perform in the show last night, despite the horrible tragedy that hit her family the day before when her father passed away. Read the interview if you missed it. More Here! »
Marc spoke with Variety and praised her, “It was incredibly brave of her. She’s a professional, but she’s also a human being and a daughter. I looked at her in the eyes and said can you do this? I think your dad would want you to do this, and she said she knew that he would.”
“She knew that she had to do it. She knew that she had to put that in a box for a few hours and use it to fuel her performance. We asked her if her family would come. And they came to the show and watched in a trailer live on the Warners lot. I was with her mom. I think it was for all of them a very cathartic experience given the brutality of the circumstances. Her performance speaks for itself. We were all very proud of her and send her love to her family,” Marc added.
“At the 11th hour I asked her if we could honor her dad and the memory of her dad in that way and she was very touched by it. Fox jumped on and Paramount and we put it in the last moment. We were happy to do so. The performance was indeed dedicated to his memory,” Marc added about the decision to honor Greg Hudgens at the end of the broadcast.
We still can’t get the songs from Grease: Live out of our heads after last night’s amazing production, so thankfully Fox has uploaded almost every performance video online!
Some of the ones that we can’t stop watching include Vanessa Hudgens‘ heart-breaking rendition of “There Are Worst Things I Could Do” and Keke Palmer‘s show-stopping number “Freddy My Love,” which wasn’t featured in the movie version.
Make sure to listen to the soundtrack to hear all the great songs again. The album is climbing the charts on iTunes and it currently sits in the top five.
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE performance from Grease: Live?
GREASE: LIVE | “Summer Nights”
Click inside to watch the rest of the performances from Grease: Live…More Here! »
Jessie J kicks off the soundtrack with her version of the classic “Grease is the Word” and Joe Jonas makes an appearance with his band DNCE for a new version of their hit song “Cake By the Ocean,” among other tracks.
100+ pictures inside from the Grease: Live production… More Here! »