Carlos PenaVega plays 'Kenickie' in this weekend's ‘Grease Live’ special.
FOX enrolls at Rydell High with GREASE: LIVE, a LIVE musical production of the massively popular crossover musical “Grease.”
The event will reimagine and reintroduce some of the most memorable moments, great music and timeless love story to an entirely new generation. In this live television adaptation of the musical classic, the beginning of senior year means the end of Danny and Sandy’s summer romance – until Sandy unexpectedly transfers to Danny’s high school. Can Danny maintain his bad-boy image as the coolest member of the T-Birds, once he and Sandy start going together, and can Sandy remain a good girl after she joins the Pink Ladies? With their friends, Rizzo and Kenickie, pulling them in different directions, it’s up to Danny and Sandy to stay hopelessly devoted as they make their way from Rydell High to a new frontier.
GREASE: LIVE is based on the original 1971 musical “Grease,” by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey; and Paramount Pictures’ 1978 feature adaptation. The film, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, grossed nearly $400 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing movie musical ever.
Additional guest and cameo castings for GREASE: LIVE include Jessie J performing “Grease (Is The Word),” Boyz II Men as “Teen Angel,” Mario Lopez (“Extra”) as “Vince Fontaine,” Ana Gasteyer (“Saturday Night Live”) as “Principal McGee,” Eve Plumb (“The Brady Bunch”) as “Mrs. Murdock,” Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer (“The Fresh Beat Band”) as “Cha Cha,” Elle McLemore (Broadway’s “Heathers”) as “Patty Simcox” and Noah Robbins (“Aardvark”) as “Eugene.”
Carlos PenaVega shot to fame and cult status after starring on the highly successful cable musical comedy “Big Time Rush” as “Carlos Garcia.” He also was featured in the live stage show, which toured globally. He starred as “Oscar Vasquez” in the feature film “Spare Parts,” alongside George Lopez and Marisa Tomei. Most recently, he competed on Season 21 of “Dancing with the Stars.”
Last year, PenaVega starred in the competition series “Webheads,” executive-produced by Ryan Seacrest. On film, he recently starred alongside Kate Bosworth, Juno Temple, Kay Panabaker and Kyle Gallner in the indie drama “Little Birds.”
Having studied musical theater at the Boston Conservatory, PenaVega recently released his first solo single in Spanish, “Electrico,” which charted in the Top 10 on the Latin iTunes songs charts.
He currently resides in Los Angeles.
'Grease Live' airs Sunday night, January 31st at 7:00pm - right here on FOX 11.
Follow Carlos PenaVega on Twitter: @TheCarlosPena