Taylor Hicks: When you get parodied by “Weird Al” Yankovic, you’ve arrived.

Nice little interview by phone with Taylor.  A few little tidbits and info on Grease.  The author (David Menconi) appears to be a fan.  🙂

From ‘Idol’ to Angel

BY DAVID MENCONI – Staff writer

In the future, every “American Idol” finalist will spend at least 15 minutes on Broadway. Which means Taylor Hicks is ahead of the curve.

Alabama native Hicks won “American Idol” in 2006, beating out a finalist field loaded with North Carolinians, including McLeansville’s Chris Daughtry, who has emerged as the top record-seller from that year’s “Idol” crop. While Hicks has not sold as well as Daughtry, he’s still putting out albums, including this year’s “The Distance.” And he has a healthy side-career going in musical theater, playing Teen Angel in the musical “Grease.”

“Grease” opens Tuesday in Durham. We chatted with Taylor by phone from Houston.

There are some nice questions, including this one that gave me a good giggle:

Q: What was it like to the subject of a “Weird Al” Yankovic parody?

A: I was probably as much in shock about that as about Broadway calling. But it was cool. When you get parodied by “Weird Al” Yankovic, you’ve arrived.

I love Weird Al.  Grew up listening to him all the time and finally got to see him in concert a few years ago.  When he covered Taylor it was just perfect.  😀

You can read the entire article here.

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