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Rock Star Finalist Ty Taylor To Star In Musical Chess

September 03, 2007 12:02 AM by Joe Blackmon

CBS might have canceled Rock Star after just two season, but several
participants from the show are still going strong in building their
careers.  Many viewers of Rock Star: INXS will likely remember Ty
Taylor as one of the early favorites to win the competition.  Ty Taylor
made it to sixth place on the show, and J.D. Fortune wound up
eventually winning Rock Star INXS.

Even though Ty Taylor didn’t win Rock Star, he has had success in both music and acting.  Ty Taylor’s most recent success is being cast as Freddie the American in the LA Chess Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Benefit that takes place at The Ford Amphitheatre in Los Angeles on September 17 at 8PM. 

According to his bio, Ty Taylor was born and raised in Montclair, New Jersey. Ty was the youngest of four siblings and grew up singing in a Baptist church until the seventh grade when a friend introduced him to the band The Clash. Inspired, he combined his soulful church music with the raw, kinetic energy of his new found love. Rock!

Ty was on the honor roll at his performing arts high school and received a full scholarship from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh where he was an awarded graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in drama and music. He was signed to Elektra Records with the band Dakota Moon for six years and had two Top 10 hits in countries all over the world, including the United States.

After leaving Dakota Moon, he produced and performed his solo project in clubs all around Los Angeles. He most recently performed in the Las Vegas show "We Will Rock You," which includes the music from Queen. He has performed on Broadway in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," "Grease," "Songs for a New World" and "The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber Concert." He also wrote, arranged and produced the acclaimed children’s CD I’m Ready. Ty’s distinctive voice can be heard on countless national commercials, voiceovers and jingles. 

"After leaving ‘Rockstar: INXS’ Ty was asked by Dave Navarro to sing lead vocals for his band Camp Freddy. He has toured with Tina Turner, Eric Clapton, Macy Gray, Fiona Apple and more. Taylor also appeared on the cast recording of Jason Robert Brown’s "Songs for a New World."

Tim Rice, Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus’ Chess centers around a chess championship and features the story of a world championship chess match between the Americans and the Russians. Set during the end of the cold war (1970′s) a romantic triangle begins when an American chess champion defends his title against a Russian opponent who plans to defect.  The show will feature musical direction by Dan Redfeld (Little Women) and choreography by A.C. Ciulla (Footloose, Tony nomination) including afull 24 piece orchestra.

This edgy multimedia event, directed and produced by Brian Michael Purcell, will star Broadway performers; Tony-nominee Susan Egan (Beauty and the Beast, Cabaret, Triumph of Love), Kevin Earley (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Les Miserables), Cindy Robinson (Into The Woods, Carousel, Peter Pan), Thomas Griffith (The Best Little Whorehouse Texas, 1776 at Hollywood Bowl), Tom Schmid (Annie Get Your Gun, The Last Empress) and Matthew Morrison (The Light in the Piazza, Hairspray tour, 10 Million Miles) and Ty Taylor .

The event will be presented in honor of director and choreographer Jim Alexander, who died on May 25th of sudden heart failure.  Alexander was the former Producing Artistic Director of Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma and the original producer of this event. He received numerous awards and critical acclaim for his productionsof West Side Story, Song and Dance, The Pirates of Penzance, A Chorus Line, Evita, Godspell, The World Goes ‘Round, Man of La Mancha, An Inspector Calls, Always…Patsy Cline, Peter Pan, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Die Fledermaus, Guys and Dolls, Fiddler on The Roof and Jesus Christ Superstar.  He had most recently directed Song and Dance: Tell Me on a Sunday, starring his wife, Cindy Robinson, which opened on February 24th, 2007 in The Deaf West Theatre in North Hollywood. He was also the Founder and CEO of The Quest Theatre Company.  For tickets and information visit www.themusicalchess.com.

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2 Responses to “Rock Star Finalist Ty Taylor To Star In Musical Chess”

  1. Danno Says:
    September 4th, 2007 at 12:27 am

    Rock Star’s two seasons had more talented contestants than American Idol will ever have, even if Idol is on for 20 years!

    Ty Taylor, Marty Casey and Suzie McNeil were the best of season one (the winner J.D. Fortune was a joke).

    Last season’s Dilana and Toby Rand were amazing too.

    Pity it won’t have a third season.

  2. Robin Says:
    September 18th, 2007 at 11:42 pm

    It’s stupid that they cancelled Rock star, alot of people liked that show, It really has me angry!And yes I agree with the one post on here that J.D. was a joke, Marty should have won that one!


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