Two familiar names (and one Very much A Familiar Voice) pop up in Paramount+’s now-streaming premiere Greece: The Rise of the Pink GirlsThe musical prequel adds a cheeky full-circle element to the series.
Established in 1954 Rise of the Pink Girls Rydell High’s first all-girl gang is formed, led by Jane Faciano (played by Marisa Davila). Here’s the surprise Greece The Connection Comes: Midway through episode 1 we learn that Jane’s younger sister, Fran, has been given the nickname “Terrible” by her troublemaking BFF Betty. That name — drumroll please — is French!
That’s right, Jane’s middle-school-aged sister, Frenchie, is the future Pink Lady, played by the legendary Diddy Khan in the 1978 film version of the musical. And let’s be clear, actress Madison Elizabeth Lageres gives us that Full Khan in this performance. At times it sounds like she is speaking dialogue that Khan recorded for the show. It really is the wild type.
Frenchie’s friend Betty (played by Josette Halbert) is actually Betty Rizzo, portrayed by Stockert Channing — an actress made incredibly dirty by the film’s animated opening sequence. I believe whoever is responsible for the drawing A cartoon portrait of him Still wakes up at dawn in a cold sweat, eternally regretting what they’ve done.
Anyway, Rizzo shows up for a secret sleepover with Frenchie at the end of the episode. Jane is now a socialite and feels very bad about herself. To surround his own team.
Introducing the next, Er First of all, a generation of pink girls: Nancy (Tricia Fukuhara), a fashionable actress who was dumped by her two previous friends because they were “mature” (aka boyfriends); Olivia (Cheyenne Isabelle Wells), who chooses to lean on the bad-girl reputation she developed after an affair with a teacher; and Cynthia (Ari Notardomaso), a wannabe T-bird who’s tired of being disrespected and underestimated by boys.
Jane has her own reasons for wanting to go pink, but it’s mainly revenge against Rydell High’s jerky jocks and childish cheerleaders — no, justice — especially her ex-boyfriend Buddy, who lied about how far they went. In the backseat of his car at the drive-in.
As you can see, Greece: The Rise of the Pink Girls It’s more than just an origin story. It is more than a musical. It’s an important reminder that teenagers have always been capable of great evil deeds decades before cell phones and social media came into the picture.
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