May 20, 2008 07:48 AM by Jennifer_Brown
Watch out, Broadway! The Soul Patrol is coming to town! Taylor Hicks, season five winner of American Idol, has become the latest in an ever-growing line of Idol contestants to land a role in a Broadway show.
Beginning in June, Hicks will be portraying Teen Angel in the Broadway production of Grease. This is the role made so famous in the 1978 movie by teen heartthrob Frankie Avalon, and has been played over the years on Broadway by Chubby Checker and Al Jarreau, among other famous names.
The role has only one song–Beauty School Dropout, sung to the character Frenchy–but it’s a flashy song that has Hicks’ name written all over it. Hicks plans to bring some of his soul style to the song in hopes that, after this Broadway run he might score a bigger and better Broadway role in the future.
Hicks is just the latest in a line of American Idol participants to score a gig on Broadway, post-Idol. Fantasia Barrino starred in The Color Purple, while Clay Aiken nabbed a recent role in Spamalot. Diana DeGarmo had a run in Hairspray, and Constantine Maroulis got a Broadway gig in The Wedding Singer.
Taylor Hicks is not the only reality TV name to hit the stage in this Broadway production of Grease. The show stars Max Crumm and Laura Osnes, winners of the reality show Grease: You’re the One That I Want.
In other Hicks news, word is a second Taylor Hicks album will be coming down the pike, which Hicks plans to put the finishing touches on this summer.
Taylor Hicks’ run in Grease on Broadway will begin June 6 and run through September 7, 2008.
Photo Courtesy: Taylor Hicks