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Vanessa Hudgens shines in “Grease: Live”

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Vanessa Hudgens poses as Rizzo. Hudgens' performance of "There Are Worse Things I Could Do" was one of the best performances of the night.

Miriam Brown, Editor-in-Chief

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“Grease” is known to be an iconic movie, so when Fox announced it was producing a live version of the movie, to premiere on Jan. 31, everyone was rightly skeptical. However, they proved skeptics wrong and did the movie justice.

Aaron Tveit, who played Danny Zuko, previously played Enjolras in the movie version of “Les Misérables,” so musical theater fans were already familiar with him. Tveit didn’t disappoint, and his voice was definitely made for Broadway and live performances.

Starring beside Tveit was Julianne Hough as Sandy Olsson, whose dancing wowed the audience while her voice was mediocre compared to her Broadway costars. Her softer voice did fit the image of the innocent Sandy, and she pleasantly surprised the audience in her solo, “Hopelessly Devoted.” However, she seemed to be swallowed up in the larger musical numbers due to her lighter tone, especially when starring beside vocal superstars like Tveit.

My favorite musical numbers of the night, however, came from Vanessa Hudgens. Her father, Greg Hudgens, passed away hours before the performance from stage four cancer, yet her performance was still amazing. She brought new energy to the character of Rizzo and killed all of her musical numbers. Her performance of “There Are Worse Things I Could Do” was just as beautiful as that of the movie, yet Hudgens’ seemed to have more emotion.

The most surprising star of the night was Jordan Fisher, the actor who played Doody. Doody was a tad revolting in the movie version, yet in the live show, Fisher had everyone swooning. After his performance of “Those Magic Changes,” multiple news stations deemed him the breakout star of the night.

“Grease: Live” was visually appealing, from the sets and camerawork to the choreography and staging. While I’ll always have a soft spot for the original movie, “Grease: Live” was a pleasant surprise.

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Vanessa Hudgens shines in “Grease: Live”