9:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Carly Rae Jepsen Lands Iconic Role in Fox's 'Grease: Live'
Fox is finalizing its cast for Grease: Live.
Pop star Carly Rae Jepsen has been tapped to play the iconic role of Pink Lady Frenchy, the network announced Wednesday. Also joining the cast of the live musical is You're the Worst breakout Kether Donohue, who is set as Pink Lady Jan, while David Del Rio (Spare Parts) will play T-Bird Putzie.
Grammy nominee Jessie J will open the live event, set for Sunday, Jan. 31 from 7-10 p.m., with a new version of the Barry Gibb's "Grease (Is the Word)" that was featured in the opening title sequence of the 1978 film starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton John.
Glee and Annie choreographer Zach Woodlee has also joined the production, which is Grease: Live is exec produced by Marc Platt (Wicked). Thomas Kail will stage direct while Alex Rudzinski will helm for TV. Broadway writers Robert Cary (Anything but Love) and Jonathan Tolins (Buyer & Cellar) will pen the the live TV adaptation. Paramount Television produces.
Jepsen, whose hits include "Call Me Maybe" and "I Really Like You," takes on the role played by Didi Conn in the movie. Donohue, who has received critical acclaim for her role as Lindsay on FXX's You're the Worst, steps into the part originated by Jamie Donnelly. Del Rio takes over the part from Kelly Ward.
Graceland star Aaron Tveit will play Danny Zuko while Julianne Hough is set as Sandy. The cast includes Vanessa Hudgens as bad girl Rizzo, Keke Palmer (Scream Queens) as Pink Lady Marty Maraschino, Big Time Rush's Carlos PenaVega as Kenickie.
Jepsen is repped by WME, Scooter Braun, Taylor Klein Oballa and Grubman Shire. Donohue (Pitch Perfect) is with ICM Partners and Authentic Talent. Del Rio (Pitch Perfect) is with APA and Primary Wave.