So this just happened:

“Grease: Live” is of course a reboot of the film “Grease” from 1978 starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.

Well, at least the former presidential candidate and one-time front-runner in Iowa is keeping busy tonight:

It’s too late:

Vannessa Hudgens, who plays Rizzo, lost her father to cancer yesterday but still went on to perform tonight:

The role of Sandy is being played by Julianne Hough. Here’s how she looked at the beginning of the story…

And here she is after the big transformation after Sandy decides she has to change her appearance to make sure a dumb high school boy likes her:



  • Jennifer

    Watched it, too, after seeing an ad for it on FOX tonight.

    I know this isn’t the pressing topic, but, I must say, hats off to Vanessa for an excellent performance tonight after losing her Dad yesterday, I lost my Dad to cancer in November, and just can’t imagine being able to function at such a high level immediately afterward.

    There’s a lot to be said for “the show must go on”.

    • aztectrumpet

      I didn’t know about it so i started recording it 35 minutes late. Hopefully it’s on again in a few weeks or so.

      • nc ✓s & balances

        I’m sure you’ll be able to see in on the Internet soon. They did that with the other two live shows (although they were NBC, this one is Fox).

        • aztectrumpet

          just caught a part with a julianne hough solo and it hurt my ears a bit. :/

          • nc ✓s & balances

            Hmm, I just heard her do “Hopelessly Devoted” and I thought it was beautiful.

        • Deplorable Jesse-Messy Hammer

          …I DVR’d it. #Grease was the first Broadway-play I ever went to see (with high-school chums of mine). At least I think it was the first: I have hazy memories of being 3-4 years old & taken by my parents to see…well, THAT may have been the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Show, which I’m unsure whether it counts as Broadway.

  • TooFarGone1 ✓NeverTrump

    I liked Walker, but in a crowded field that included a loudmouth billionaire [email protected]$$, he foolishly listened to advisors who didn’t do him any favors. How he dropped out before Graham, Gilmore, and Huckabee is beyond me. He’d still make a good running mate for Cruz.

    • The_Kat ✓vilified

      I am secretly glad because we still need him in Wisconsin!

    • moodydon

      It was money and a really bad campaign manager.. lots of people hired for big money… more money being spent than coming in… and some other things…

    • FranklinWasRight

      I was behind Walker as well, but he ran a terrible campaign. He alienated his base in Wisconsin, and he flipped flopped too much. He surrounded himself with horrible consultants and establishment hacks who don’t understand “grass roots,” and the “grass roots” nature of his support is why he won in Wisconsin. The Political Industrial Complex is what killed his campaign.

    • The Marathon Man

      I liked Scott Walker a LOT, but this was a textbook example on how NOT to run a campaign. Walker threw all his time and energy into Iowa, and never brushed up on the national issues that did not impact his Iowa efforts directly. His campaign director should have been fired early on.

  • nc ✓s & balances

    I’m watching on the West Coast so I’m just a little over a half hour in. And yes, it’s good. Better than Sound of Music (which I liked) and miles better than Peter Pan (which I didn’t).

    • Cärlös Dängër ✓certifiable

      Watching PDT too. You know, the values (or lack thereof) bother me a lot more now than when it first came out. Not really a good message movie: act like a slut to get the bad boy. Good performances, though.

      • nc ✓s & balances

        It’s not that simple though, I agree the ending bothers me too, but really it’s a matter of both of them meeting each other halfway. He changed for her, too. Hopefully, she only changed her “style” and not her morals.

        I know, I know, it’s a spin.

        • TugboatPhil

          I don’t know about last night’s show, but in the movie the car flies, so there’s that.

          • nc ✓s & balances

            Never missed it, Tug. They did a great job of mixing the old and the new and came up with something fresh and exciting.

    • Sanchez Crazy as a Loon

      I can’t stand that kind of crap but I watched about 30 minutes of it and was liking it.

      • nc ✓s & balances

        The music and the dancing is really good. Very high energy.

        • Sanchez Crazy as a Loon

          Hough makes it easier to watch too.

      • Roto ✓Intentionally Left Blank

        I heard the new Sandy’s vibrato, and it’s as cringeworthy as Cher’s voice. Stick with Olivia Newton-John from when we were kids. 🙂

      • Roto ✓Intentionally Left Blank

        Don’t you need to remember the music that was played on a 1951 Chevrolet Deluxe’s radio for car shows??? 🙂

        • Sanchez Crazy as a Loon

          Well played Roto well played!

    • Cärlös Dängër ✓certifiable

      Watching PDT too. You know, the values (or lack thereof) bother me a lot more now than when it first came out. Not really a good message movie: act like a sl(u)t to get the bad boy. Good performances, though. First attempt moderated, I get it now.

      • nc ✓s & balances

        I know what you mean.

    • Cärlös Dängër ✓certifiable

      Can’t seem to get my comment posted. Oh well.

      • Karla1953

        But you got this one posted I run into that here quite a bit with the word sh oot amongst others LOL yet Fuck it is not a problem LMAO…………………..:-)

    • Kawfy

      ah crumb, I missed it

      • whatev…✓ yo’self.

        ah crumb…..
        not enough language like that any more.

        • TugboatPhil

          I remember from my yout’, a slur to be launched at someone was “You crumb bum!”

          I never understood it, but that didn’t stop me from using it.

  • tops116 ✓Quipper

    Not a fan of “Grease,” but…

    “And here she is after the big transformation after Sandy decides she has to change her appearance to make sure a dumb high school boy likes her”

    This means that, somewhere, SJWs’ heads are exploding, which provides more than enough entertainment value.

    • Cärlös Dängër ✓certifiable

      Not a good message movie, i the point I was trying to make below. Tart it up to get the bad boy. Like a lot of the music, though.

      • tops116 ✓Quipper

        Indeed. If I wanted to watch people change everything about themselves to desperately woo members of the opposite sex, I’d just watch male feminists post on Twitter.

    • vetgal1970

      I’m no SJW or whiny Fem but I am a pretty independent gal. After watching the movie one night my daughter asked me why she changed herself like that. I told her “Grease, don’t believe it!” But the music is as catchy as ever

  • FaithColeridge33

    A reboot of the movie Grease? Jesus H. Why don’t they just tihs on the Mona Lisa.

    • genes ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵈᵉᵖˡᵒʳᵃᵇˡᵉ

      Twitchy is wrong, it’s not a reboot of the 1978 movie, it’s a TV adaptation of the 1971 PLAY the movie was based on.

      “a live, televised adaptation of the 1971 musical Grease, starring Julianne Hough and Aaron Tveit.
      Director Thomas Kail outlined goals to incorporate elements and songs from both the original stage musical and the 1978 film version, as well as incorporating studio audiences into scenes as extras in an effort to emulate the “energy” of earlier theatrical productions of the musical.”

  • wrestlefan01

    i just hope next Sunday my panthers are hoisting the Lombardi

  • NannoH

    Walker is right. Live Grease is great! Watching it on the West Coast right now. We need more great theater on television and less low-class Kardashians.

  • syvyn11

    My opinion of Ms. Hudgens was raised tonight. When my dad died (of ALS), I was a zombie. My sister had to do all planning.

    To not only lose your dad, but step into a roll Stockard Channing made famous, But Vanessa knocked it out of the park!

    Good for her.

    • bil_g

      Glad to hear she did well. Only hearing about this now, I would have been more interested. That may sound shallow, but as someone who lost both parents 4 months apart from cancer(FU cancer!), it takes real strength to expose yourself in such a way. I commend her.

  • genes ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵈᵉᵖˡᵒʳᵃᵇˡᵉ

    OT. For anyone that cares. Blue Bell is back in stores. And still comes in the half gallon size and not 1.5qts.

    • Roto ✓Intentionally Left Blank

      Man, their “dock-to-stock” must’ve took forever — thought I heard they were cleared months ago. Great for TX in any case…

      • genes ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵈᵉᵖˡᵒʳᵃᵇˡᵉ

        They took their time and did it right. If I’m not mistaken they took the opportunity to upgrade their equipment.
        Somehow I don’t see Ben & Jerry’s shutting down and tearing all the equipment completely down, while still paying many of the employees.

        • TugboatPhil

          They’d pay them, using your tax money of course.

  • beefree

    Definitely liked the movie version better. Juliette was about as good a choice for Sandy as you could get though.

  • Mike Rogers

    He’s become irrelevant. Pawlenty redux.
    Even his endorsement wouldn’t matter.

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  • Arttie the Deplorable

    Grease live, a 24/7 Kankles Kam live feed.

  • san rafael blue

    Re: Vanessa H. late father: If he just now died of stage four cancer, it is very likely that Vanessa and the rest of the family have been dealing with this slow, cruel demise for months, if not years. It may even help her to know that he is finally at peace. She may be better off doing as she is now doing. We grieve in our own way.