Okay, first of all we need to address the elephant in the room: seeing John Travolta bald singing in the style of Grease is a wake-up moment for those of us who grew up with the film.
But the T-Mobile Super Bowl Commercial “New Year. New Neighbor.” ad, which spoofs “Summer Lovin'” from the iconic musical, has proven to be quite popular. Maybe it’s Travolta. Or maybe its Zach Braff or Donald Faison.
“The one-minute, Panay Films-produced ad opens with Travolta feeling frustrated over installing home Internet as the opening notes of “Summer Nights” begin to play,” explains Billboard. “That’s when Faison and Braff jump in to help their neighbor out. “Try T-Mobile, it sets up so fast/ It’s like WiFi that runs on 5G/ Home internet from T-Mobile?/ Wait ’til you see!” the trio sings, switching up the lyrics to the iconic song.
Seems like the new kids knew who the real star was, too.
“It was such an honor to sing and dance with John,” Braff told Billboard. “Donald and I are both fans of musical theater, so getting the opportunity to perform ‘Summer Nights’ with Danny Zuko himself was beyond our wildest fantasies. John could not have been more kind and humble. Donald and I both took turns peppering him with questions about his many beloved roles and he was so generous with his funny anecdotes. Donald had MANY Face/Off questions. I got to ask all about the dance sequence in Pulp Fiction. We had so much fun.”
Billboard was fascinated enough wit the piece of pop culture that they even commissioned a behind the scenes look at Braff and Faison working on their parts.
Seems YouTube viewers liked it, too.
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