Primetime Show Reviews
"Grease: You're The One That I Want"
Review by Danielle 1/13/07
"Grease: You're The One That I Want" is a new reality show airing on
Sunday nights at 8PM ET. The competition, hosted by Access Hollywood's
Bush and Denise Van Auten, features several cities worth of casting calls.
ultimate goal is to have America's viewers vote on which actress will
Sandy and which actor will play Danny in this new stage production of
After three weeks worth of auditions, the pool of contestants will be
narrowed down to 12 that the viewers then get to pick from. There is no
how the other cast members will be cast, though several of those trying
are obviously perfect for the more supporting roles.
The first round features the three judges listening to each contestant
part of a song of their own selection. The three judges consist of Jim
(the writer of the original "Grease" concept), David Ian (the producer
this impending stage production and bankroller), and Kathleen Marshall
(director and choreographer.) One of the small highlights from the show
Olivia Newton John's taped commentary interspersed throughout the first
the show. The downside, however, was that while she talked about using this
new production to find a different looking Sandy, the judges seemed to
any excuse to cut contestants who weren't rail thin, Caucasian, young,
blonde. Several times the judges even said "You don't look like Sandy,
but you've got a great singing voice so we'll let you move on."
Those who made it past the singing round came back the next day, and
being taught a simple dance routine by Kathleen, were brought back on
small groups to go through the dance routine in front of the three
Those that impressed the judges with their dancing are granted access to
Grease Academy." The "Grease Academy" is an actual building the
will be bussed to that was referred to as a boot camp style of acting,
singing, and dance classes.
This debut episode narrowed down the turnout
Angeles and Chicago's open casting calls to about seven contestants
town to move on to "Grease Academy."
The show did offer some personal insight into the contestants and their
reasons for trying out. A small few contestants even stood out as ones I
as being the ones rejected by the judges but beloved by the viewers.
highlight for movie fans was the tour Jim Jacobs gave of the old Chicago
that inspired the characters and events in the movie including a visit by
Susan Buckner who played Patty Simcox in the movie. Otherwise, the only
difference between this and American Idol is that the prize is a starring
Broadway instead of a recording contract.
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