The struggling Smash, which NBC is moving to Saturdays starting April 6, will close out its second (and likely final) season in late May or early June by sending the main characters to the Tony Awards. A trip to Broadway's big night "was part of the pitch that got me the job," says executive producer Josh Safran, who took over as showrunner this season. "It's an event that doesn't necessarily require you to be nominated to be there. People attend, perform and present awards. And there is a song that involves the entire lead cast."
Grease: You're the One That I Want has demonstrated that Grease is the hot ticket that you want. In its first two days of advance sales, the Broadway revival, whose leads are being cast by the aformentioned NBC reality series, sold $1.3 million worth of seats not bad at all for a production with no "names" and not even a theater to call home yet. Kathleen Marshall, the director of Grease and a judge on the NBC show, tells the New York Daily News, "It is unbelievable, just crazy." Meaning, a blast, boss, Fat City, radioactive and unreal!read more
If you think Broadway and reality TV go together like "rama-lama-lama, ke-ding-a-de-ding-a-dong," NBC's Grease: You're the One That I Want, which debuts Sunday, Jan. 7, at 8 pm/ET, will have you singing and dancing in the bleachers. Produced by the folks behind Dancing with the Stars, the series stages an intense search for two unknowns to front an in-the-works Broadway production of Grease, playing bad boy Danny Zuko and virginal Sandy Dumbrowski (played in the film by Olivia Newton-John, who will be a guest on the first two episodes). A trio of judges — theater producer David Ian, Grease coauthor Jim Jacobs and two-time Tony winner Kathleen Mread more