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Grease: Live!: cinematic is the word for this live TV Musical

(From far left) Aaron Tveit and Julianne Hough with executive producer Marc Platt. When spectacle replaces intimacy, characters and story disappear. In other words, Grease was a show that was more about individual moments than about building a story.

New York

WHEN Fox's Grease: Live! reached its celebratory conclusion on Sunday, opinions about it no doubt differed, but one thing was clear: The live-musicals-on-television trend is no longer about trying to capture the magic of being in a Broadway house, if it ever was.