Can we just talk about American Idol for a moment? You know, the show that has been on for what feels like forever where they churn out performers on a conveyor belt of popularity and ride them until the next comes along.
One of the biggest things that always confused me was when Simon would say “you are too Broadway” – as if that is a bad thing. And this year, Randy has turned into the one telling the men they are too theatrical.
Let’s just look at the amount of previous American Idol people that went on to do theater, shall we? It seems to be like Idol was a direct line to working professionally in the theater. (And I know this is not a complete list that I came up with.)
Clay Aiken: Spamelot
Fantasia Barrino: The Color Purple
Jordin Sparks: In the Heights
Taylor Hicks: Grease
Ace Young: Grease, Hair
Counstatine Maroulis: The Wedding Singer, Rock of Ages, The Toxic Avenger, Jekyll & Hyde
Crystal Bowersox: Always Patsy Cline
Diana DeGarmo: The Toxic Avenger, Hair, Hairspray, Brooklyn: The Musical, 9 to 5
Anthony Fedorov: The Fantasticks, Rent
Frenchie Davis: Dreamgirls, Ain’t Misbehavin’
Justin Guarini: American Idiot, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Tamyra Gray: Rent, Bombay Dreams
Ruben Studdard: Ain’t Misbehavin’
Trenyce: Ain’t Misbehavin’
LaToya London: The Color Purple
LaKisha Jones: The Color Purple
Syesha Mercado: Once on This Island at Papermill Playhouse
Bo Bice: Was scheduled to do Pump Boys & Dinettes, but it was cancelled
Katherine McPhee: Smash (which is a Broadway themed show)
And even Carrie Underwood is going to be playing Maria in the new Sound of Music for television.
Evidently, American Idol and musicals go together like America and apple pie.