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Lin Manuel-Miranda Hosted Panel with Grease: Live and Aaron Tveit Part 2

Lin Manuel-Miranda Hosted Panel with Grease: Live and Aaron Tveit Part 2


Last night Tony award winner Lin Manuel-Miranda hosted a Q&A panel with Grease: Live directors Thomas Kail (who also directed Hamilton) and Alex Rudzinski, Aaron Tveit (who plays Danny Zuko), casting director Bernard Tesley and costume designer William Ivey Long at the Edison Ballroom in New York City.

Lin Manuel-Miranda, Grease: Live, Aaron Tveit

This was part of the Emmy bid for wins. This is the second part of the talks. If you missed part 1 click here.

Lin Manuel-Miranda, Grease: Live, Aaron Tveit

Grease Live! talks contained several fun facts.

Several easter eggs from the original film were used.

Recognize the punch bowl at the school dance? If so, you either have a great eye for partyware or you remember its use in the original Grease film.

Each of David Korins’ 21 sets only contained 3 basic colors.

Creatives toyed with the idea of having a real drag race or filming toy cars during the racing scene. Both ideas were scrapped in favor of the lighting design used for the scene.

William Ivey Long said that if there was a musical about his life, the main song would be “I Am Changing” from Dreamgirls.

The cast rehearsed for a total of 52 days.

The show used 650 live audience members.

Fox’s Grease: Live stared Tveit, Julianne Hough and Vanessa Hudgens, first aired Jan. 31 as a live TV musical. Manuel-Miranda declared himself a fan of the production when he enthusiastically live-tweeted the entire broadcast.

The live production is nominated for a total of 10 Emmy’s this year, including outstanding directing for a variety special and outstanding casting for a limited series, movie or special.


Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:

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