Yes, American Idol, the recently beleagured television phenomenon, has reared its ugly head on Broadway again - THREE times in recent days. But at least two of the three have demonstrated staying power beyond vocalizing 3 minutes a week, and like I said, I'm willing to give the third the benefit of being selected by a prestigious theatre company, a well-decorated director and a cast that notoriously won't put up with mediocrity.
In a very much more low-key manner, Season 9 Idol semi-finalist Todrick Hall has joined the ensemble of the Tony-winning Memphis. This young man already has New York credits to his name, including stints in The Radio City Music Hall Christmas Show and The Color Purple (opposite another Idol, Fantasia Barrino), a show in which he also understudied and performed the role of Harpo. He has also written and staged OZ, a new version of The Wizard of Oz all around the country.
Here's hoping all three find a home on Broadway and even come back a time or two. Heaven knows young, solid talent is always something theatre needs.
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