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TV viewers choose US Grease stars
Max Crumm and Laura Osnes
Crumm and Osnes beat 10 other contestants to win the roles
Two US reality TV contestants have been picked to star in a $10m (5.1m) revival of Grease due to open on New York's Broadway this summer.

Max Crumm and Laura Osnes were chosen to play Danny Zuko and Sandy Dumbrowski by viewers of the NBC programme Grease: You're The One That I Want.

"This is my dream come true," said Osnes, 20, as the result was announced.

A UK version of the contest comes to ITV1 in April, with winners to star in a West End production of Grease.

Hopefuls will be judged by producer David Gest and X Factor mentor Sinitta in the show, renamed Grease Is The Word for the UK.

The programme follows the success of BBC One's How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?, which put Connie Fisher on stage in The Sound of Music.

Scene from the film version of Grease
The Grease movie took $340m (173m) at box offices worldwide
The BBC's own follow-up, which will uncover a lead for Joseph and his Technicolor Dreamcoat, will be pitted against the ITV show.

The US version of the Grease talent contest was set up by the BBC but X Factor creator Simon Cowell bought the rights to the programme for the UK.

Cowell will be taking a back seat with theatre producer David Ian, who appeared on How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?, being the lead judge.

Ian will produce the West End show in partnership with Paul Nicholas.

Production changes

The Broadway production of Grease opens in August, with preview shows beginning in July.

It is the third time the high school musical has played on Broadway. The original opened in 1972 and ran for more than 3,000 performances.

The 1978 film, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, is one of the most successful movie musicals of all time.

It made significant changes to the stage production, toning down the sexual content and adding the songs You're The One That I Want and Hopelessly Devoted To You.

Newton-John's character was also renamed, becoming Sandy Olsson.

The revival will feature elements from both the stage and screen versions of the musical.


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