`Grease': Which ones do you want?

March 20, 2007

Only four contestants remain in You're the One That I Want!, NBC's reality TV show in which contestants vie to be cast as the leads in a new Broadway production of the musical Grease.

National television exposure is rare for Broadway, and letting the public vote on casting its productions has never been done. But the TV show, which wraps up Sunday, takes its lead from How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?, a British program about casting a West End production of The Sound of Music.

In Sunday's A&E Today section, Sun theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck will talk to David Ian, the creative force behind both television shows. She'll also survey experts on the strategy of casting such a popular musical. And she'll tell you who the experts would pick if they were producing the Broadway show.

We'd like to get your opinion, too, on who you think should be Broadway's next Sandy and Danny. (The grand finale airs Sunday. We'll publish the results of your votes Sunday in A&E Today.)

Here are the finalists: The Sandys

"Ballerina Sandy": Ashley Spencer, 21, a cocktail waitress from Massillon, Ohio

"Small-town Sandy": Laura Osnes, 20, an actress who played "Sandy" in Minnesota The Dannys

"Hot Danny": Austin Miller, 30, a former Days of Our Lives actor from Alvin, Texas

"Slacker Danny": Max Crum, 21, a gym receptionist from Phoenix, Ariz.

To vote, go to baltimoresun.com/grease.

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