‘Grease: Live’ Dedicated to Vanessa Hudgens’ Late Father
The Grease: Live TV event on Sunday night was dedicated to show star Vanessa Hudgens’ father, who died from cancer on Saturday.
Actor and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda also applauded Hudgens for her decision to perform while grieving her father, tweeting, “Imagine you had Vanessa Hudgens’ day, and doing that. What a superhero. In total awe.”
The TV special, a revamp of John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John’s 1978 movie musical, Grease, kicked off with extra props of umbrellas as rain put a slight damper on the live show, but the skies cleared by the end, as the cast moved from a sound stage to an outdoor set for the famous final carnival scene.
Grease: Live also starred Julianne Hough, Aaron Tveit, Keke Palmer, Mario Lopez, Carlos PenaVega, and Carly Rae Jepsen.
Watch Hudgens’ performance of “There are Worse Things I Could Do” below.
And check out the fan-favorite rendition of “You’re the One that I Want,” here.