Fox’s live telecast of the classic musical required a lot of moving parts to work seamlessly, and while there were some hitches in the plan (namely, the weather forecast), the end product was still impressive.
Here’s a breakdown of all that singing, dancing and tweeting (obviously, with gifs).
The number of cast and crew that stepped into the 1950s (and totally braved the rain).
The amount of sets that stars Aaron Tveit, Vanessa Hudgens and Julianne Hough traveled between (on golf carts). From Frenchy’s (Carly Rae Jepsen) bedroom for “Look At Me, I’m Sandra Dee” to the gymnasium for the school dance, it seems no expense was spared.
Fun fact: The carnival set has been on television before as both Stars Hollow in Gilmore Girls and Rosewood in Pretty Little Liars.
Those 21 sets covered an impressive 20 acres on the back lot at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California, which further explains the need for golf carts. The studio’s Stage 26 housed the Rydell High gymnasium. Other projects that used the space? A Star Is Born, My Fair Lady, Gremlins and Two and a Half Men.
Grease: Live included five songs fans of the 1978 film might not have recognized. While “Freddy, My Love,” “Those Magic Changes” and “It’s Raining on Prom Night” were all in the original stage production, one track was specifically written for Sunday’s telecast: “All I Need Is An Angel.” The tune was penned especially for Frenchy.
In addition, Joe Jonas and his band DNCE took the stage at the school dance to perform.
Inches of rain that fell on the typically sunny Los Angeles County on Sunday. The show must go on, though, and “Grease Is the Word” singers Jessie J and Boyz II Men just added umbrellas to their opener.
Costume designer William Ivey Long created over 300 costumes for the live production, according to Women’s Wear Daily. Long bought vintage fabric to create dresses for the women and even made special looks for all the extras. We also have the designer to thank for Tveit’s scene-stealing short shorts.
Average steps per day, per performer. The cast Hand Jived their way to the live performance after an impressive two months of rehearsal. Hopefully they had FitBits to track all that mileage.
Rizzo, Frenchy and Jan had the shortest quick change: an impressive 11 seconds.
Said Long of all the impressive transformations: “I think magic is exciting, and magic that happens before your very eyes is more exciting than it is on a movie and you clip [the take and] you change. They’ve never done anything like this.”
The number of tweets mentioning Grease: Live on Sunday night between 8-11 p.m. ET, according to marketing technology company Amobee Brand Intelligence.
The number of tweets mentioning Hudgens, deemed the most talked-about performer of the night by Amobee. The company reports that sentiment toward the High School Musical vet, who tragically lost her father to cancer shortly before the show, as 57 percent positive, 36 percent neutral and 7 percent negative.