Taylor Hicks is going from Idol to Angel. The American Idol alum will join the Broadway cast of Grease on June 6, playing Teen Angel in the revival of the popular musical.

The grey-haired singer —whose Idol fan base was called The Soul Patrol — said he plans to add “soulful flavour” to his performance of Beauty School Dropout. The flashy role, he said, is “a classic fit for a classic performer.”

“It’s a big number, and, you know, I’ve made some pretty grand entrances before,” Hicks told The Associated Press on Thursday. “And this one is probably the grandest entrance I’ve had in my career.”


Well, besides Idol. Hicks, 31, took home the title in the fifth season of the top-rated Fox show — the biggest stage on television. He later lost his record deal with J Records, a label within Sony-BMG, which signs the show’s singers, and had been looking for the perfect part to make his debut on The Great White Way.

The Alabama-born croon­er’s run ends Sept. 7. He’ll be the latest Idol to hit Broadway, following runs by season-three winner Fantasia Barrino (The Color Purple) and a host of also-rans including Clay Aiken (Spamalot) and Diana DeGarmo (Hairspray)

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