Soul Patrol Stirs GREASE In 2008
Winner of the fifth season of American Idol, Taylor Hicks contributed greatly to Broadway in 2008. Reports say that Hicks has the lowest selling American Idol winner’s album. Even so, in 2008 Hicks played ‘Teen Angel’ in GREASE on Broadway. Hicks fans came from all over the country to see his performance. Critics pointed out that Hicks really was only on stage for a very short time. However, fans still praised his performance and ticket sales reflected this fact. Some say, arguably, Hicks saved GREASE from closing on Broadway during the summer of 2008.
After his limited engagement of playing Teen Angel on Broadway, Hicks took to the road playing the character on the GREASE National Tour currently touring the United States.
In August 2008 Hicks released an album titled “Early Works” that was available only at Target until November 24, 2008 when other distribution options were made available.
In 2008, Broadway.tv and Broadway Magazine interviewed every leading star of GREASE on Broadway, except Hicks who took limited interviews. With that said, we asked each of his cast-mates that we did interview what it was like working with him, the answer was time and time again, “Taylor is great to work with!”
Following Taylor Hicks while he has been involved with Broadway in 2008, we can say he was a great addition and titled him “Rookie of the Year.” We look forward to seeing if Hicks will contribute to Broadway in 2009.