Woman's Gotta Have It
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Friday, June 27, 2008

NY Post Theater Review: Taylor Hicks Ignites *Grease*!

The NY Post gave Taylor a glowing review today for his performance in *Grease*! I knew he'd shake up Broadway in a serious way, in a way only Mr. Hicks can do! All I can say it's ABOUT FUCKING TIME he got some accolades thrown his way after 2 friggin' years of American Idol pissing on him! Let's now see who's getting the last laugh - I'm talking to you Nigel Lythgoe and Simon Cowell. And one more thing, to those fans who think we should just 'drop' this anti-American Idol sentiment, i say 'no can do'. I will never forget their viciousness they went on and on about ad nauseum concerning their Season 5 winner.

Here's the story for your reading pleasure (and oh yea, go to the NY Post article and *Digg* it up and "Buzz" it up so everyone can feast their eyes on this baby!

by Michael Reidel

TWO shows that shouldn't be making it - but are - must be given their due today.

First, "Grease" - which vaulted right over the critics to box office glory. It's playing to sold-out houses and is grossing nearly $800,000 a week.

It got a little lift from the Tonys, but its real draw this summer is "American Idol" winner Taylor Hicks, who's playing Teen Angel.

An insider says Hicks is worth at least $150,000 in extra ticket sales a week.
(Make a note of that, Mr. Agent.)

Whenever Hicks whips out his harmonica, the audience goes nuts.
They're having such a blast that the "Grease" megamix at the end of the show - this is where the critics ran screaming from the theater - now runs 10 minutes, with Hicks singing the title song and then playing it on his harmonica.

Meanwhile, the producers of the show are no longer flinching from the critical blows but are starting to have fun with them.

Charles Isherwood recently wrote: "Are the Tonys going to open up the lines so viewers at home can phone in their votes for their favorites? In which case perhaps 'Grease' would have been the year's big winner."

Look for a newspaper ad that will say:

"If the audience had voted, Grease would have been the year's big winner!" - Charles Isherwood, The New York Times.

Source: NY Post michael.riedel@nypost.com


Anonymous said...

Don't you just love the part where they say how much he's worth in "extra ticket sales". That makes those Producers sit up and take notice. I hope this is being E-Mailed to American Idol.com and to JRecords, and all that. When they change the lead roles, more people will show up to see it again, and it will become a mega hit all summer. To those who made fun of just a 4 minute song, now they are expanding the finale to include more of Hicks! They will be writing a new song into the show soon just for more Taylor on that stage! Well well, Suddenly Broadway is having to listen to the power of the Soul Patrol!!!
I Love This!!!

soulthing said...

Ya ever wonder where the chrolls are when there's nothing to troll about? It's hard to say anything stupid to great articles like this! Maybe they retreated back under their dirty rocks they crawl out of. One can only hope!

Trixi said...

All I can say is " The Soul Patrol told them so!"

Taylor is an awesome entertainer and an asset to any show.

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