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    Taylor Hicks prepares for Broadway role in 'Grease' - Scene blog - al.com

    Taylor Hicks will make his Broadway debut on June 6, playing Teen Angel in "Grease" at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.
    APTaylor Hicks said being in New York for three months will allow him to continue working on his next CD. He's been writing songs and recording demos in Nashville, Hicks said, and hopes to release a new single in the fall.
    The Hoover native and former "American Idol" winner, 31, will perform in the musical through Sept. 7. Hicks plans to announce his Broadway run on television this morning, on NBC's "The Today Show."

    "I'm honored for the opportunity to experience Broadway," Hicks said Thursday. "I feel blessed and excited."

    He'll appear in one number in the musical, singing "Beauty School Dropout." That's traditional for his character, a hip guardian angel who makes a showy appearance in Act II, offering advice to a teen named Frenchy.

    "This particular part, Teen Angel, really allows me to put my toe in the water and test the waters," Hicks said. "I've always been a little over the top, so this is perfect for me."

    If he does well on stage and draws audiences, Hicks said, he'll probably look for another, larger role on Broadway.

    Meantime, he's been listening to "Beauty School Dropout" and meeting with the "Grease" team to create his niche in the musical.

    "It's a cool song," Hicks said. "I can see myself being able to Taylorize it. Who knows? Maybe I'll do the Elvis meets Aretha Franklin meets Joe Cocker version of 'Beauty School Dropout.' I don't think anybody's taken that approach yet. I'll get with the producers and sink my teeth into the role."

    Hicks said he's never seen a theater production of "Grease," but has watched the 1978 movie version, which starred John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John as lovelorn 1950s high-schoolers. In the film, Frankie Avalon played the Teen Angel.

    On stage, the character has been portrayed by singers ranging from Chubby Checker to Al Jarreau to Jennifer Holliday.

    "Grease" made its first appearance on Broadway in 1972, had a long run and was revived in 1994. The show has been produced in London over the years, as well, and national touring casts have traveled throughout the United States.

    The current Broadway production, which opened in August 2007, stars Max Crumm and Laura Osnes, who won their parts on the TV reality series "Grease: You're the One That I Want."

    Hicks is likely to be the most recognizable name in the cast, despite his relatively small part. Teen Angel tends to be a flamboyant force in the show, typically wearing a large, fluffy set of wings.

    Will Hicks continue that costume tradition? "I might," he said. "I might be flying, too."

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    Leo beat me to posting this article about Taylor going to Broadway. Yeah for Taylor! I bet his performances are sold out as soon as the tickets go on sale.
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    Too bad its only a 5 minute part. He should have gotten a meatier role. He's a good guy and very talented!

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    I just read about it on People's website I'm so excited for him! Article also says he'll be recording his country influenced album while in NYC..
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    Oh, Taylor's going country? That's awesome! I loved his first album, I can imagine how great a country one would be.
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    Re: Taylor Hicks - Season 5

    Here is another article

    The Associated Press: Taylor Hicks to play Teen Angel in Broadway's `Grease'

    Taylor Hicks to play Teen Angel in Broadway's `Grease'
    By ERIN CARLSON 22 hours ago

    NEW YORK (AP) Taylor Hicks is going from "Idol" to "Angel."

    The "American Idol" alum will join the Broadway cast of "Grease" on June 6, playing Teen Angel in the revival of the popular musical.

    The gray-haired singer whose "Idol" fan base was called "The Soul Patrol" said he plans to add "soulful flavor" to his performance of "Beauty School Dropout." The flashy role, he said, is "a classic fit for a classic performer."

    "It's a big number, and, you know, I've made some pretty grand entrances before," Hicks told The Associated Press on Thursday. "And this one is probably the grandest entrance I've had in my career."

    Well, besides "Idol." Hicks, 31, took home the title in the fifth season of the top-rated Fox show the biggest stage on television.

    He later lost his record deal with J Records, a label within Sony-BMG, which signs the show's singers, and had been looking for the perfect part to make his debut on The Great White Way.

    "If you're gonna be a great entertainer and you're gonna be a great performer, than these are the things that you have to do to season yourself in that manner," said Hicks, who views this "opportunity of a lifetime" as a way to improve his "Idol"-tested skills.

    The Alabama-born crooner's run ends Sept. 7. He'll be the latest "Idol" to hit Broadway, following runs by season-three winner Fantasia Barrino ("The Color Purple") and a host of also-rans including Clay Aiken ("Spamalot"), Diana DeGarmo ("Hairspray") and Constantine Maroulis ("The Wedding Singer").

    Hicks' self-titled, post-"Idol" album, released in December 2006, has sold a respectable 702,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan data. But it didn't reach the 1 million mark or register a hit song, unlike previous "Idol" winners.

    This summer, Hicks intends to finish up a follow-up album on his own terms.

    "I've had the creative freedom and the time to write some of the best music that I've ever written in my whole life. ... The options are unlimited and there has been some great interest now that I'm a free agent, so to speak," he said.

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    Re: Taylor Hicks - Season 5

    Check this picture and article out

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    Looking good Taylor


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