NBC show will look for lead cast members for Broadway production of Grease

This spring in the UK, the BBC produced a reality series that searched for a person to play Maria in the Sound of Music, and now the BBC is teaming with NBC to produce a similar series in the US.

You’re the One That We Want will allow viewers “to choose the two leads for a new Broadway production of ‘Grease,'” according to an NBC press release. The contest will follow the selection of people to play Sandy Dumbrowski and Danny Zuko in the new production, which will debut on Broadway in June 2007. There’s no word yet when the show will actually air.

The show will be judged, Idol-style, by three judges, according to NBC: “Jim Jacobs, the co-creator of ‘Grease'[,] along with Tony Award-winning director/choreographer Kathleen Marshall and renowned theatre producer David Ian.”

A BBC exec says in a statement that “[t]he stakes have never been higher in a talent show, with America eventually deciding on the next Sandy and Danny. I’m convinced that nothing can beat this piece for its resonance with the American audience — ‘Grease’ will once again capture the hearts and souls of the nation.”

NBC Searches For The Stars Of The New Broadway Production Of ‘Grease’ In ‘You’re The One That We Want’… [NBC press release]

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.