HOLLYWOOD – The Grease Live television special broadcast last night on Fox to almost universal critical acclaim has been accused of plagiarism, by none other than John Travolta.
The TV spectacular Grease Live has been accused of plagiarism by former star John Travolta. Starring Julianne Hough as Sandy and Aaron Tveit as Danny Zuko, the musical haled back to the old fashioned rock n’ roll of the 1950s with songs like ‘Hopelessly Devoted’ and ‘Greased Lightning’, but John Travolta has issued a statement threatening legal action:
It was clear to me last night as I watched ‘Grease Live’ that I’d seen this somewhere before. The songs were familiar. At first I thought that this was because they were so good. The way when you hear a Beatles song for the first time you feel you’ve already heard it a thousand times before. But then imagine my horror when I realized I remembered these songs because I had sung some of them. Yes, Grease Live bore an uncanny resemblance to the film Grease that I starred in sometime in 1978! In fact even the title was almost exactly the same with the additional word Live barely camouflaging the subterfuge.
A legal representative to Fox told the Studio Exec:
We bought the rights to the show. We’re totally covered. We’ve made no secret of this being a revival of an original property.Far from it, we’re depending on a certain nostalgia from the original musical.
Despite his accusations, John Travolta had nothing but praise for the stars:
They were all great especially Vanuppa Humunigeners.