Birmingham’s ‘American Idol’ winner Taylor Hicks making his way on Broadway

From, a terrific new article:

Posted by Alec Harvey — Birmingham News
September 18, 2009 7:00 AM

Taylor Hicks is still amazed at what’s happened to his life.

And he’s not talking about going from virtual obscurity to winning “American Idol” in 2006 or putting out two CDs — “Taylor Hicks” and this year’s “The Distance.”

Now, sitting at an outdoor table at Vestavia Hills’ Diplomat Deli, Hicks is talking about his stint on Broadway and on tour as Teen Angel in “Grease.”

“I never thought in a million years that I’d be putting on makeup every day for one-and-a-half years,” says Hicks, who plays Teen Angel in the national tour of “Grease,” which opens in Birmingham Tuesday. It’s happened so much, the singer known for his gray locks jokes that he’s pre-conditioned to flinch around showtime, even on off days, when no one is fiddling with his hair.

Hicks has owned the role of Teen Angel — who urges beauty school dropout Frenchy to go back to high school — since joining the musical’s Broadway cast in June 2008. He’s headlined the tour since it started in December and is contracted through June 2010.

In “Grease,” Hicks is able to perform a single from “The Distance,” and he’s played in clubs along the tour route, adding to his legions of fans known as the Soul Patrol.

Read the entire article here. My favorite part:

• On his “Idol” season-mates, which included Chris Daughtry, Kellie Pickler, Ace Young and Katharine McPhee: “I text everyone from that season,” he says, adding with a laugh, “That’s my favorite season.”

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2 Responses to Birmingham’s ‘American Idol’ winner Taylor Hicks making his way on Broadway

  1. oldiebutgoodie says:

    This article is ALSO inside the City Scene entertainment magazine which comes out every Friday in the Bham News-


    Welcome home Taylor!!

  2. juliegr says:

    Fantastic idea to have Taylor articles and publicity clips on the front page. I realize the same detail can be found in the threads internally but unfortunately they often drift down and are missed by occasional visitors.

    Thanks for putting the articles up front.

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