Grease: Live: How the production will handle rainy L.A. weather
'We definitely can't move any of our outdoor scenes inside,' director Thomas Kail tells EW
El Niño apparently wants a role in Grease: Live.
Though Los Angeles is known for ideal outdoor filming conditions, rain is in the forecast for Sunday. So, the team behind Fox’s Grease: Live has developed some contingency plans in case Rydell High gets a little wet.
“We definitely can’t move any of our outdoor scenes inside so we’ll have to use a tent or something — or people are going to get a little wet,” director Thomas Kail (Hamilton) tells EW.
Unlike NBC’s live versions of The Sound of Music, Peter Pan and The Wiz, which were shot on one soundstage each, Fox’s first live musical event will be shot on two soundstages and the Warner Bros. backlot.
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At some points, editors will even be cutting between live shots from two different locations.
“When the T-Birds show up outside the window at the girls’ sleepover, we’ll actually be on the backlot while the girls are shooting in the soundstage,” says Carlos PenaVega (Big Time Rush), who plays Kenickie.
And even without the potential rain, getting through the three-hour live show is going to be a workout for the cast.
“We’ll be jumping off a golf cart and running into frame,” says Aaron Tveit (Graceland), who stars as Danny Zuko. “That choreography is going to be as complex as what’s going on in the musical numbers.”