Mario Lopez to play Vince Fontaine in 'Grease: Live'

"I'm excited to be a part of such an iconic musical," the actor said.
By Annie Martin Follow @littlemannie   |  Oct. 23, 2015 at 3:28 PM
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LOS ANGELES, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Mario Lopez has joined the cast of Grease: Live.

The 42-year-old television host and actor will play Vince Fontaine in Fox's forthcoming live TV production. Don Billet originated the role in the 1971 musical Grease, while Edd Byrnes played the radio announcer in the 1978 movie adaptation.

"You ready to dance, kids? Looking forward to playing Vince Fontaine in FOX's @GreaseLive this January! #GreaseLive," Lopez wrote Thursday on Twitter.

"I'm excited to be a part of such an iconic musical as Grease and to join a talented and cool cast," he added in a statement. "Just based on the music alone, I'm sure this is going to be the best live musical yet."

Julianne Hough and Aaron Tveit will lead the cast as Sandy Olsson and Danny Zuko, respectively, with Vanessa Hudgens as Betty Rizzo, Keke Palmer as Marty Maraschino, Carlos PenaVega as Kenickie and Carly Rae Jepsen as Frenchy.

Grease: Live will air in 2016. Lopez came to fame as A.J. Slater on NBC sitcom Saved By the Bell, and has since hosted or served as a judge on Dancing with the Stars, America's Best Dance Crew, The X Factor and Extra.

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