'Glee' Covers 'Greased Lightning': Exclusive Song Premiere
The cast of "Glee" will be throwing on their leather jackets and poodle skirts in a couple of weeks, when the show's "Grease"-themed episode airs Nov. 15. In anticipation of the accompanying "Glease" album, which drops on Nov. 6, Billboard has the exclusive premiere of the cast's "Greased Lightning" cover.
Joining the cast of Fox's "Glee" in time for the "Grease" episode is "Glee Project" winner Blake Jenner, playing the part of New Directions newbie Ryder Lynn. Rumors and photos from the set suggest that Ryder will be cast as Danny Zuko in McKinley High's performance of "Grease."
The other voices heard on "Greased Lightning" -- which spoilers suggest will be sung at Burt Hummel's auto mechanic shop -- belong to Chord Overstreet (Sam Evans), Samuel Larsen (Joe Hart), Jacob Artist (Jake Puckerman) and Harry Shum, Jr. (Mike Chang). Cory Monteith (Finn Hudson) and Kevin McHale (Artie Abrams) are also featured in the scene.
Auditions for the play will be held during the Nov. 8 episode of "Glee," "The Role You Were Born to Play," when Ryder and Jake compete to star as Danny, and Marley (Melissa Benoist) and Kitty (Becca Tobin) go head-to-head for the role of Sandy.
The original version of "Greased Lightning," credited to John Travolta, went to No. 47 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1978. The film, based on the 1971 musical of the same name and co-starring Olivia Newton-John as Sandy Olsson, was released in June of the same year.
In the upcoming "Grease" episode of "Glee," the cast will also cover songs like "Hopelessly Devoted to You," "Look at Me I'm Sandra Dee," "You're the One That I Want" and "Summer Lovin." Additional songs can be heard later this week at GleetheMusic.com/Glease, and the full album is now available for pre-order on iTunes. See the complete list of songs below.
"Glease" airs at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Thursday, Nov. 15, the second week after "Glee" season 4 returns from a month-long break.
See the full "Glease" album track list:
1. Hopelessly Devoted To You
2. Born To Hand Jive
3. Greased Lightning
4. Look At Me I'm Sandra Dee
5. Beauty School Drop Out
6. Look At Me I'm Sandra Dee (Reprise)
7. There Are Worse Things I Can Do
8. You're The One That I Want
9. Summer Lovin'