American Idol season five winner Taylor Hicks is headed for Broadway.
Starting June 6th, Hicks will appear as the Teen Angel in the Broadway production of Grease. The role was made famous by Frankie Avalon in the 1978 film adaptation starring John Travolta.
Hicks says he will add a "soulful flavor" to "Beauty School Dropout."
Hicks is not the only Idol winner to step on a Broadway stage. Season three winner, Fantasia, starred in The Color Purple. In addition to Fantasia, several Idol contestants have made their way to Broadway. Season two runner up Clay Aiken is currently starring in Spamalot, season three's Diana Digarmo was in Hairspray, and season four's Constantine Maroulis was in The Wedding Singer.
"If you're gonna be a great entertainer and you're gonna be a great performer, then these are the things that you have to do to season yourself in that manner," says Hicks on why he decided on Broadway.
In addition to his theatrical aspirations, Hicks is hard at work on a new album. Hicks' first album after winning American has sold around 700,000 copies and was certified platinum. While those are decent numbers for a debut album, they were not the million plus sales expected for an American Idol winner. Not long after the release, Hicks and his label J Records parted ways.
Hicks has remained positive about the separation, citing that he wanted the opportunity to make an album on his own terms. "I've had the creative freedom and the time to write some of the best music that I've ever written in my whole life. …The options are unlimited and there has been some great interest now that I'm a free agent, so to speak."