‘Grease: Live’ Casts Aaron Tveit as Danny Zuko, Carlos PenaVega as Kenickie
FOX’s Grease: Live has found its Danny Zuko and Kenickie in the form of a Broadway star and a former boy band member.
Broadway sensation Aaron Tveit, whom you may also recognize from Graceland or Gossip Girl, has been cast as Grease: Live‘s leading bad boy Danny Zuko, while former Big Time Rush member Carlos PenaVega will have his back as Zuko’s sidekick, Kenickie.
“I’m thrilled and honored to be joining this incredibly talented team of actors in reimagining this classic and beloved musical,” said Tveit. “Playing Danny Zuko is a dream role and I can’t wait to be a part of all the fun that comes along with performing live on television.”
Both Tveit and PenaVega are no strangers to live performances. Aaron has tons of experience in theater, television and film, currently, starring in Graceland, as FBI rookie Mike Warren. Previously the young talent portrayed Enjolra in the 2012 film adaption of Les Miserables and starred in Catch Me If You Can on Broadway, among many more impressive roles.
PenaVega studied musical theater at the Boston Conservatory and is best known for playing Carlos García on the Nickelodeon series Big Time Rush, a role that mimicked his real life as a member of the band.
Grease: Live airs Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.