Despite Simon Cowell’s derisive comments to American Idol contestants about “sounding Broadway” (as if this were an insult and a waste to time compared to, say, choosing a career in pop music – Pffft!!!), it seems a number of Idol alumni have found their way to the Great White Way. All I have to say is: more power to them!
Jordin Sparks will now be the latest Idol to appear on Broadway, according to David’s latest tweet. She will be joining the cast of In the Heights. I’m glad to hear this! I was rather disappointed in the musical direction in which Jive has taken her.
So, here’s my question: is it inevitable that David will wind up on the Great White Way one of these fine days?
David is not theatrical, but he’s got the kind of vocals that could fill up an impressive theater house. I would love, love, LOVE to hear his renditions on
- “Music of the Night” from Phantom of the Opera
- “Bring Him Home” from Les Miz (once he reaches middle age to play Jean Valjean)
- “Maria” from West Side Story (he’d be a fantastic Tony, wouldn’t he?)
And while I loathe the music of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, I believe David would make a magnificent Joseph. Hmm, he would make a beautiful Christ in Jesus Christ Superstar too, no?
I personally would prefer David in the movies (can’t you just imagine the magical close-ups he would get – GAH!!!), so since Hollywood has been reviving the movie musical, here’s hoping this is the path David would take. (Besides, it’s high time the movies started investing in performers who can actually SING!)
Past Idol contestants making appearances on the stage:
Fantasia (The Color Purple)
Taylor Hicks (Grease)
Clay Aiken (Monty Python’s Spamalot)
Tamyra Gray (Rent)
Constantine Maroulis (in Rock of Ages and Jesus Christ Superstar)
Diana Degarmo (Hair and Hairspray)
Ace Young (Hair)
Ruben Studdard (Ain’t Misbehavin’ – with Frenchie Davis, who also appeared in Dreamgirls)
Syesha Mercado (Dreamgirls)
Jordin Sparks (In the Heights)