Vanessa Hudgens’ Heart-Wrenching Performance In “Grease: Live” Wowed Everyone

The actor’s father died of cancer shortly before the production.

1. Just hours before her performance in Grease: Live was set to begin, Vanessa Hudgens announced her father had died of cancer.

“Tonight, I do the show in his honor,” Hudgens tweeted.

2. From critics to fellow performers to viewers, just about everyone agreed that Hudgens’ performance as Rizzo would have made him proud.

Way to go, @VanessaHudgens #GreaseLive

— Natalie Abrams (@NatalieAbrams)

Impossible not to get extra emotional from Vanessa Hudgens on "There Are Worse Things I Could Do.” Well done. #GreaseLive

— Daniel Fienberg (@TheFienPrint)

I will never underestimate Vanessa Hudgens again. #GreaseLive

— Michael Ausiello (@MichaelAusiello)

New girl crush alert ... @VanessaHudgens 🔥 who is seriously crushing this #GreaseLive #TeamRiz

— Andi Dorfman (@AndiDorfman)

10. After the cast took their bows, Fox even dedicated the production to Hudgens’ father, Greg.

Sweet dedication at the end #GreaseLive

— Natalie Abrams (@NatalieAbrams)

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