Paramount+ is gearing up to release a brand new musical romantic comedy streaming TV series this year. Titled Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies, the show serves as a prequel to the first two Grease movies. The series is the brainchild of Annabel Oakes, who has written and worked on shows like All Exchanges Final, Atypical, Minx, and Virgingate. According to Deadline: “The musical series takes place in 1954, four years before the original Grease, before rock ‘n’ roll ruled and before the T-Birds were the coolest in the school. It follows four fed-up outcasts who dare to have fun on their own terms, sparking a moral panic that will change Rydell High forever.” Nicole Clemens, president of Paramount Television Studios, expressed her excitement over the upcoming series, saying: “We are thrilled to unveil our new original series that will introduce an incredible cast of young stars in the making and electrifying musical numbers you will fall in love with. Annabel and Alethea have managed to brilliantly capture the spirit of the iconic beloved classic film which like Rise of the Pink Ladies, is both set in the past but relevant to the present.” Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies boasts an intriguing lineup of cast members. If you’re curious about the actors set to appear in this show, read on. Here are the cast members of the upcoming Paramount+ musical comedy series Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies.
Marisa Davila takes on the role of Jane in the upcoming series Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies. Born and raised in Nashville, TN, Davila was always surrounded by the arts, thanks to her professional musician parents. She has been involved in numerous theatrical performances and classes in the South and has had a consistent voice-over career since the age of 6. Davila currently has 8,799 followers on Instagram, where she frequently shares glimpses of her personal life.
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Cheyenne Isabel Wells will portray Olivia in the upcoming musical Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies. She previously appeared as a musical performer on The Late Late Show with James Corden.
Ari Notartomaso is set to play the character of Cynthia in Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies. With extensive theatre experience, Notartomaso has appeared in stage productions of The Lucky Boy, The Last Five Years, Legally Blonde, Hands on a Hardbody, Love in Hate Nation, American Idiot, and Cosi Fan Tute. On the big screen, she’s appeared as a supporting character in Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin. Notartomaso is a Penn State graduate, having earned a degree in musical theatre.
Tricia Fukuhara will play Nancy in the upcoming comedy series Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies. Her previous projects include Dante Falls, What She Said, and Queenpins.
Shanel Baily will take on the role of Hazel in Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies. A 2019 Syracuse University graduate with a BFA in Musical Theatre, Bailey joined the cast of The Book of Mormon on Broadway as an onstage-swing and Nabulungi understudy just over a month after graduation. She recently made her television debut co-starring in episode 2 “Glory” on “The Equalizer” starring Queen Latifah.
Madison Thompson is set to portray Susan in Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies. Most fans would recognize her from her role as Erin Pierce on the Netflix series Ozark. Prior to joining the cast of Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies, she has appeared in shows like The Young and the Restless and American Housewife. In an interview with The Italian Reve, Thompson explained how she joined show business, saying: “Growing up partially in New York City, the theatre was always a part of my life. I loved the stage and having a platform to share stories. Pursuing a career in acting was never actually my real intention! I first started taking acting classes because I wanted a way to get out of soccer practice. As I started to learn more about the world of acting and cinema in general, I realized that it was an amazing way to express my creativity. At the same time, the Entertainment Industry was beginning to grow in Atlanta, Georgia, where my family lived. All the new projects shooting in town needed talent, and I was lucky enough to be discovered!”
Johnathan Nieves will play Richie in Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies. Nieves had previously appeared in Penny Dreadful: City of Angles, See You Yesterday, and Grey’s Anatomy.
Jason Schmidt will be portraying Buddy in the upcoming comedy Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies. He has performed in shows like Out of Office and FBI: Most Wanted.
Maxwell Whittington-Cooper will be portraying Wally in Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies. He is known for his appearances in When They See Us, Godfather of Harlem, and Mrs. Fletcher.
Veteran actress Jackie Hoffman will be portraying Asst. Principal McGee in the upcoming comedy series Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies. She recently starred in the FX series Feud: Bette and Joan, portraying Joan Crawford’s housekeeper Mamacita. For her role, she received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie. Other shows she’s worked in include Curb Your Enthusiasm, Difficult People, Strangers with Candy, Hope and Faith, Ed Starved, 30 Rock, One Life to Live, and Dilbert.
Other actors expected to appear in a recurring capacity in Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies include Chris McNally as Mr. Daniels, Charlotte Kavanagh as Rosemary, Josette Halpert as Dot, Nicholas McDonough as Gil, Maximo Weber Salas as Shy Guy, and Alexis Sides as Potato.