Billy Bush to host 'Grease' reality show, series to premiere January 7
By Reality TV World staff, 11/07/2006
NBC has announced that Access Hollywood co-host Billy Bush will serve as the host of Grease: You're the One That I Want, a new reality talent competition series that will allow viewers to determine the leads of a new Broadway production of "Grease."
Originally announced as You're the One That We Want back in August, Grease: You're the One That I Want will premiere on Sunday, January 7 and allow viewers to select the man and woman who will play Sandy Dumbrowski and Danny Zuko in the revival, which will open in June 2007.
Denise Van Outen, a British television personality and theatre star, will serve as Bush's co-host.
"Billy is the perfect host for Grease," NBC senior vice president Craig Plestis stated. "He is one of the most experienced and talented live TV hosts around today and will have great chemistry with Denise, who brings a wealth of theater knowledge to the show."
After getting her start on the U.K.'s The Big Breakfast morning show in 1997, Van Outen played Roxie Hart in London's West End run of "Chicago" for five months in 2001. In 2002, she reprised the role for five weeks on Broadway. In 2003, she starred in a one-woman show revival of Andrew Lloyd-Webber's "Tell Me On a Sunday" in London. A huge success, the show ran for nearly a year before embarking on a ten-month tour of the U.K.
"Grease" co-creator Jim Jacobs, Tony Award-winner Kathleen Marshall -- who will direct and choreograph the new Broadway production -- and theatre producer David Ian will serve as Grease: You're the One That I Want's talent judges.