If something that crosses your mind while watching Grease is what life was like before Rizzo joined the Pink Ladies, well, there’s a series for you. Paramount+ prequel series Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies takes us back to 1954, four years before the classic high school musical, to show how a new group of misfits formed the titular clique because “Maybe sometimes you gotta be bad to do good.”
The series stars Marisa Davila, Cheyenne Isabel Wells, Ari Notartomaso, Tricia Fukuhara, Shanel Bailey, Madison Thompson, Johnathan Nieves, Jason Schmidt, Maxwell Whittington-Cooper, and Jackie Hoffman. Created by writer and showrunner Annnabelle Oakes (Atypical), the show features direction by Alethea Jones, and a whopping 31 original songs by Justin Tranter.
Here is the show synopsis: The musical series takes place four years before the original “Grease”; in 1954 before rock ‘n’ roll ruled, before the T-Birds were the coolest in the school, four fed-up, outcasts dare to have fun on their own terms, sparking a moral panic that will change Rydell High forever.
Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies hits Paramount+ on April 6th.