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Grease: You're the One That I Want on NBC

By Caroline Schulenburg


For once, a network seems to be hearing audience's cries for more positive and family-friendly programming. Grease: You're the One That I Want debuted January 7th, on NBC and provided clean, fun entertainment for the whole family.


Many a young musical theater hopeful has spent time learning songs, memorizing dance routines and putting a jar's worth of product into their hair all in the name of being the next to play Danny Zukko or Sandy Dumbrowski in the perennially popular musical Grease. Director David Ian, a ‘Simon-esque' legend of British theater, Kathleen Marshall, a renowned producer and choreographer, and creator  Jim Jacobs audition one singer/dancer after another to find the stars for the next major production of Grease.


Most of the young men and women who come to audition have some experience singing and dancing have worked hard to get to "Grease Academy" where they will receive further training in their roles. Some are motivated by family and friends who support them and want to see them realize their dreams. Others are motivated by a sheer love of performing and an inability to imagine a life spent doing anything else.  


When it comes time to determine who will move on to the next round, the contestants who are left behind are visibly upset, but don't lash out at judges in expletive-filled tirades (although several bleeped words found their way into this episode in another scene.) They often promise themselves they will work harder on their singing or dancing and continue to try despite this devastating setback. The ones who do move on to the next round are happy, but fully aware of the work that lies before them.


With any luck, Grease: You're the One That I Want will enjoy a fantastic debut season. While it may not become the juggernaut that is American Idol, it appeals to audiences of all ages and celebrates some of the best of American culture. For its positive messages and lighthearted entertainment, it is our Best of the Week.

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