Filmed at The Workplay Theater in Birmingham, AL 9-26-09 with Ona Watson.
Song available on Taylor's new album, The Distance.
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Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Taylor Hicks 'Grease'-ing his Way Into Acting
And the great publicity keeps on a-coming, folks! This time from the Journal News from Cincinnati, OH, the next tour stop for *Grease*! Enjoy!
Flashy role 'Taylorized' made for American Idol champ
CINCINNATI — Although he's never done any acting, "American Idol" Season 5 winner Taylor Hicks thought that a Broadway show like "Grease" would be an effective lubricant for his career.
And even though his character, Teen Angel, has only one number in the show, Hicks was still able to make an auspicious acting debut suspended in an ice cream cone 45 feet over a Broadway stage.
On Jan. 20, he reprises that feat when the national tour of "Grease," in which the American Idol plays the part of Teen Angel, the spirit that tries to convince Frenchy to finish high school.
"It was an intense way to start an acting career," Hicks said. "But she stays in school every show, so I must be doing OK."
He said he wanted to make the transition to acting slowly by taking a smallish, but flashy and important, part.
"I'd been offered bigger roles," he said, "but for me, my career is a marathon, not a sprint, and I wanted to do something that I could build on. This particular role seemed a good way to do that."
In addition to the grand entrance, Hicks said that he has been allowed to "Taylorize" the role — both costume-wise and musically, including the insertion of a harmonica solo into "Beauty School Drop-Out."
The tour also features Allie Schultz, a singer and actress who also first came to the national spotlight via a television talent contest, "Grease: You're the One That I Want," the series that prompted this production, which opened on Broadway on Aug. 19, 2007.
Though Schulz did not win the competition, she understudied the roles of Sandy, Cha-Cha and Patty on Broadway before joining the national tour in the role of Rizzo.
The tour also features Eric Schneider as "Danny" and Emily Padgett as "Sandy." Schneider made his Broadway debut in "Jersey Boys" and has also appeared in "Altar Boyz" both off-Broadway and national tour. Padgett also comes from the Broadway cast of "Grease," where she understudied Sandy. Her other credits include the national tours of "Cats" and "Thoroughly Modern Millie."
how to go
WHAT: "Grease" by Jim Jacobs and Warren Case
WHERE: Procter & Gamble Hall, Aronoff Center for the Arts,
650 Walnut, Cincinnati
WHEN: Jan. 20-Feb 7
MORE INFO: (513) 241-7469; www.broadwayacrossamerica.com
and more from the Dayton Daily News:
When the main job becomes a sideline
Hicks performs songs from his new album
By Richard O Jones
Friday, January 16, 2009
CINCINNATI — Though he may be coming from a Broadway show to a national tour, Taylor Hicks still has been hard at work focusing on the music that brought him to the national spotlight in the first place.
"I've got a new album coming out in March called 'The Distance,' " he said.
"I've spent a lot of time focusing on my songwriting and there are some really good story songs on the record."
The record is being produced by Simon Climie, who recently has worked with Eric Clapton and Michael McDonald, and the musicians include players from Clapton's band.
Climie "fits the vein I come in as an artist."
In the meantime, however, he'll be mounting the cone nightly and working on his acting chops, fitting in performances with his band when he can.