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Watch the Grease: Live Finale That Made NBC Cry Themselves to Sleep

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Anyone who was worried that Fox's Grease: Live would be just as cringeworthy as NBC's live musicals could rest easy last night. Well, that's not entirely true. I did cringe a little bit, but that was mostly because I don't like Grease, not because of anything this particular production did. It certainly wasn't because of the production value, which was so high I'm fairly certain everyone at NBC spent last night sobbing into glasses of various alcoholic beverages. The show was performed on several different sets spread across 20 acres, and cast members had to ride carts between scenes.

The whole thing was very impressive, especially during the group dance numbers. But nothing can compare to the show's finale performance of “We Go Together.” It started on the gymnasium set where Julianne Hough and Aaron Tveit performed “You're the One That I Want,” and then the whole cast jumped on carts and drove to an outdoor carnival set with huge working rides. Aside from that moment when the second cart's wheel caught the curb and almost toppled everyone over, it went off without a hitch. (You can see the “oh shit oh shit” in everyone's eyes for a second or two, and then it's on with the show.)

How much do you want to bet there's a meeting going on at NBC as we speak about how they're going to compete with this in their production of Hairspray later this year? Short of cloning the cast and sending them to every household in the country to give everyone a private performance (with free snacks), I don't see how they're going to beat a moving Ferris wheel and whatever that twirly-whirly, makes-you-nauseous ride is called. You just can't get any better than a moving Ferris wheel and a twirly-whirly, makes-you-nauseous ride. It's in the live musical rule book.

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