Google Alert this morning from the Tampa Bay Online newspaper:
Hicks goes for camp in spirited ‘Grease’ at TBPAC
By WALT BELCHER | The Tampa Tribune
Published: August 19, 2009
TAMPA – He descends from the top of the stage encased in a huge ice cream cone. This Teen Angel is a prematurely gray soul singer who adds a touch of campiness to his song.
Channeling both Cary Grant and Frankie Avalon, former “American Idol” winner Taylor Hicks plunges in to ’50s rock ‘n’ roll as he croons “Beauty School Dropout” in a spirited production of “Grease” that opened at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center on Tuesday night.
Hicks, a good old boy from Alabama, doesn’t show up until halfway into the second act to appear in a fantasy sequence complete with beauty parlor patrons wearing large cone-shaped hair dryers.
He hammed it up, making goofy faces. And he whipped out a harmonica for a riff, giving it that Hicks’ touch. The audience roared when dropout Frenchy cooed to him: “I voted for you.”
Read the entire article here.
Grease at the TBPAC:
August 18 2009 – 7:30P
August 19 2009 – 7:30P
August 20 2009 – 7:30P
August 21 2009 – 8:00P
August 22 2009 – 2:00P & 8:00P
August 23 2009 – 2:00P & 7:30P