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The First Trailer For Grease: Rise Of The Pink Ladies Brings The Music (But Do We Want To Listen?)

Grease is the word (again), have you heard? One month after Paramount dropped a teaser, it released the official trailer for the forthcoming "Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies." The series hits the streaming platform on April 6 and is a prequel to John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John's 1978 movie musical "Grease." It takes place several years before the romance of Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson, focusing on the origin story of the Pink Ladies. This all-girl group would eventually be comprised of Rizzo (Stockard Channing), Frenchie (Didi Conn), Jan (Jamie Donnelly), and Marty (Dinah Manoff).

In the "Rise of the Pink Ladies" trailer, viewers are transported back to good old Rydell High, though the student body looks slightly different. It's the 1954-55 school year, and Jane (Marisa Davila), Nancy (Tricia Fukuhara), Olivia (Cheyenne Wells), and Cynthia (Ari Notartomaso) are tired of being treated as less than by their peers. Jane says, "There are a lot of kids in Rydell who are sick of feeling like they're not welcome here."

As the song "Grease," originally performed by Frankie Valli, plays in the background, these four join forces to form the ultimate girl gang. Their mantra is to look cool, act cool, and be cool so that nobody will look down on them again. There are large-scale ensemble numbers reminiscent of the original film and a ballad by Davila, which may be the "Hopelessly Devoted to You" of the series.

The trailer for "Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies" certainly packs a musical punch, but are audiences willing to listen?

Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies has 31 new songs and a fresh focus on social justice

Of course, no "Grease" project would be complete without a rendition of the 1978 film's opening track. However, viewers can forget about hearing other familiar songs. Acclaimed songwriter Justin Tranter, who has penned hits for the likes of Justin Bieber, Fall Out Boy, and Imagine Dragons, came up with 31 original songs for the series.

In an interview with EW, actress Marisa Davila said, "I worked on the show for seven months straight, and I still listen to the music every day. There's absolutely no way you can get tired of them. It's a no-skip soundtrack. Justin and their team managed to mold together the old '50s style of music with a modern-day take on it."

Also modernized is the show's approach to inclusion. Show creator Annabel Oakes told EW that, although she was hesitant to expand upon such a beloved film, she enjoyed the idea of including characters of color and exploring social justice at the school.

Those behind "Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies" seem to have pulled out all the stops, but many have already announced their refusal to watch. User @Rosskiernan_ tweeted, "This is not needed ... the original movies are great on Paramount Plus and still hold up to this day; why reboot it." Another user, @tsotlhannibal, added, "This is so gonna get cancelled after one season." On Reddit, u/TheBigIdiotSalami took issue with the music: "It's so weird to hear Frankie Valli's main title song sung in that awful 21st century overproduced, over-enunciated singing."

Still, some are excitedly anticipating the series. U/aw-un said, "This show looks like my exact cup of tea, and I'm excited to see it!"