It will be a TV series and will be set four years before the meeting between Danny and Sandy and will tell about the Pink Ladies
The prequel of Grease is coming: it will be a series and will be titled Rise of the Pink Ladies, the protagonists will in fact be the four unforgettable girls of the film. Pink jackets, make-up and pajama parties were just some of the iconic elements of the group, able to go outside the box and remain impressed in the hearts of the cult film audience.
So, thanks to Pramount +, we will return to Rydell High School, but four years before the events that are told in the film, before then that Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson (respectively John Travolta and Olivia Newton – John) met and fell in love.
The protagonists of the series will be Rizzo, Frenchy, Marty and Jan, in the role of screenwriter and producer there will be Annabel Oakes, who worked – for example – at Atypical.
The episodes, which are not yet known whether they will be structured like a musical, will initially be 10 and will last an hour each.
Grease is a cult film, dated 1978, still manages to make people talk about it today. Like when, for example, John Travolta re-enacted with his daughter Ella a short and iconic ballet based on the film on the occasion of a commercial shot for Super Bowl 2021.
Now the atmospheres of the film are about to return in a new guise, that of the TV series, and starring the Pink Ladies, but what happened to the actresses of that time?
Undoubtedly among the protagonists of the film was Rizzo played by Stockard Channing, the stage name of Susan Antonia Williams Stockard. Born in 1944, over the years he has pursued a rich career both on the big screen and on television. Among her works we can remember Six degrees of separation, a film with which she was nominated for an Oscar, among the latest works the TV film Domeniche da Tiffany dated 2010. On television, among many projects, she took part in West Wing – All the President's Men and The Good Wife and was nominated for the Screen Actor Guild Awards for her performance in the TV movie The Truth About Jane. It has won three Emmys and a Tony Award.
Didi Conn, born Edith Bernstein, born in 1951 in Grease was Frenchy. She too has taken part in numerous projects throughout her career. Among the latest we can mention the film The Mimic American comedy film of 2020, it was also one of the contestants of the British program Dancing on ice 2016 edition, it was eliminated after 4 weeks.
Actress Jamie Donnelly in Grease was Pink Ladies Jan. Born in 1947, she has worked in both cinema and Broadway. He teaches acting and continued to work as an interpreter, among the latest projects – for example – he took part in the Black Mass films in 2015 and in Cargo in 2017.
Born in 1958, Dinah Beth Manoff is an actress and director. The debut on the big screen came thanks to Grease where she played the role of Marty Maraschino also one of the Pink Ladies. Over the course of his long career he has worked extensively for television and theater and, thanks to his performance on the stage in the show That Homemade Orange Garden, he received a Tony Award. Among his latest works, the film Bart got a room dated 2008.
The names of the actresses who will have the task of bringing the four Pink Ladies back to the screen in the prequel series are not yet known, but one thing is certain: the wait is already very high.