Picks and Pans Review: Grease: You're the One That I Want

updated 01/22/2007 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/22/2007 AT 01:00 AM EST

NBC (Sundays, 8 p.m. ET)

BY TOM GLIATTO

REALITY

Rydell High has thrown open its doors to the reality age. This show, an American Idol-like search for two unknowns to play Danny and Sandy in a Broadway revival of Grease, got off to a slow start in its premiere: Auditions included a number of women singing Olivia Newton-John's "Hopelessly Devoted to You." Hopeless, by and large, is the word. It can feel like a Chorus Line with Taylor Hicks. Then again, the British version, which cast a Maria for The Sound of Music, ended up opening in London to great reviews recently, so this show could build to something genuinely exciting. The most promising aspect will be seeing how the judges, including Tony-winning director Kathleen Marshall, pick an actor and actress who can not only sing, dance and act, but generate sparks onstage—Grease lightning.
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