Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies spoiler: Plot, Cast and More
The prequel musical will be available on Paramount+ this spring and here is all the information we have so far.
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You won't have to wait for the summer to check out Paramount+'s new prequel to Grease. Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies will tell the story of how the female outcasts of the musical series got their signature jackets and explore the origin of their gang this spring. Annabel Oakes, the showrunner for Atypical and Minx, initially wasn't interested in trying to bring Grease to television, but changed her mind after researching the high school experience in the '50s and '60s and learning about the real-life Pink Ladies. Star Ari Notartomaso said it is a "love letter to the women of Grease and a love letter to the people who were not given screen time in the original Grease, or in the media in general." The prequel musical will be available on Paramount+ this spring and here is all the information we have so far.
#1. Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies release date
School is in session this spring. Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies premieres Thursday, April 6 on Paramount+, with new episodes rolling out each Thursday after that. Season 1 will be 10 episodes long.
#2. Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies plot
Speaking at the TCA winter press tour, Oakes said that while Grease the musical and film were "the 1970s commenting on the '50s," the series will comment on both the '70s and the '50s from a 2023 perspective. The show is set four years before the events of the movie and follows four misfit students who become the founding members of the Pink Ladies.
Star Marisa Davila said that the Pink Ladies of the new series will be dealing with all of the same problems as the Pink Ladies in the movie, but Notartomaso added that the series has new opportunities to tell stories about non-white and non-straight characters. Tricia Fukuhara said that her character, Nancy, for example, will be dealing with the lingering trauma of having been in an internment camp, as well as the more present trauma of being a young woman in high school.
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#3. Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies cast
Meet the new Pink Ladies:
- Marisa Davila as Jane
- Cheyenne Isabel Wells as Olivia
- Ari Notartomaso as Cynthia
- Tricia Fukuhara as Nancy
The cast also includes Shanel Bailey as Hazel, Madison Thompson as Susan, Johnathan Nieves as Richie, Jason Schmidt as Buddy, Maxwell Whittington-Cooper as Wally, and Jackie Hoffman as Assistant Principal McGee. As for whether any characters or actors from the movie will make an appearance, Oakes said she could only tell us to wait and see.
#4. Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies music
While the cast is made up of mostly relative newcomers, there's some real star power behind the scenes when it comes to the music and choreography. Prolific songwriter Justin Tranter is handling the songs, and celebrity choreographer Jamal Sims is handling the dancing. Both have acknowledged the pressures of adding 30 new songs and dance moves to the Grease canon, but not all the songs are new. Some are covers of tunes that will be very familiar to Grease fans, and you can hear snippets in the trailer and teaser above.
#5. Where to watch Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies
The new series will stream exclusively on Paramount+ starting Thursday, April 6. The original Grease is also on Paramount+, as well as Netflix.
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