The singer who became an international sensation in 2012 with the hugely popular pop song “Call Me Maybe” has joined the Fox musical “Grease: Live.” The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that Carly Rae Jepsen will play the iconic Frenchy in the production.
The network made a number of casting announcements today for the musical, with Kether Donohue and David Del Rio also joining the lineup. Donohue, who broke out on FXX’s “You’re the Worst,” will play Jan, with Del Rio set to play Putzie.
“Grammy nominee Jessie J will open the live event, set for Sunday, Jan. 31, from 7-10 p.m., with a new version of Barry Gibb’s ‘Grease (Is the Word)’ that was featured in the opening title sequence of the 1978 film starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton John,” THR notes.
Choreographer Zach Woodlee (“Glee,” “Annie”) is also on board.
The Jepsen roll of Frenchy, one of the Pink Ladies, was played by Didi Conn in the movie.
Here’s Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe,” the big phenomenon song of 2012. The video, as posted on Vevo and YouTube, has been viewed more than 700 million times: