Aaron Tveit is returning to the stage, but he won’t be on Broadway. He’ll be in Fox’s first live musical, “Grease: Live.”
The actor, whose Broadway credits include “Next to Normal” and “Catch Me If You Can,” scored the role of Danny Zuko, Fox announced on Thursday. “I’m thrilled and honored to be joining this incredibly talented team of actors in reimagining this classic and beloved musical,” Tveit said in a statement. “Playing Danny Zuko is a dream role and I can’t wait to be a part of all the fun that comes along with performing live on television.”
Much like NBC’s “The Sound of Music” and “Peter Pan,” the actors will perform the stage version of the show live in a studio. The network has spent a lot of time putting the musical together. The endeavor was first announced in April 2014, but it won’t air until 2016.
Fox also revealed that the “Graceland” star would be joined by Carlos PenaVega as Kenickie. The former “Big Time Rush” actor seemed excited for the role when he revealed the news to fans on Twitter.
Familia!!! BIG news coming soon.. Tengo Notices Grande para ustedes....are you ready!?!?!!? #EXCITED
— Carlos PenaVega (@TheCarlosPena) July 8, 2015
— Carlos PenaVega (@TheCarlosPena) July 9, 2015
Tveit and PenaVega join a cast with several other Broadway and TV stars. While some important supporting roles (like Frenchy and Teen Angel) remain open, it seems that the leading roles have been filled with the additions of Danny and Kenickie. Julianne Hough, Vanessa Hudgens and Keke Palmer will be joining the boys in “Grease: Live.” Check out who they’ll be playing in the slideshow above.
“Grease: Live” airs on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 at 7 p.m. EDT on Fox. Are you happy with the casting choices? Sound off in the comments section below!