Joy Ride!

Since its debut in the early 1970s, Grease, the story of "bad boy" Danny and "the girl next door" Sandy, has found its way into several Broadway productions, a major motion picture (with a cult-like sequel) and jumpstarted the careers of the likes of John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John and Patrick Swazye.  It even made Rosie O’Donnell a Broadway star, too!

Now, “the one that you want is back” in Columbus from December 16th – 21st at the Palace Theatre.  Joining the cast with his rendition of “Beauty School Dropout” is Season 5 winner Taylor Hicks as Teen Angel.  “I am incredibly excited to be a part of one of my favorite musicals,” Hicks said in a press release. “The Soul Patrol’s (Hicks’ group of rowdy fans) gonna invade Broadway!”

Hicks joins Clay Aiken, Fantasia Barrino, Tamyra Gray, Frenchie Davis, Diana DeGarmo and Constantine Maroulis on the list of Idol winners and contestants who have appeared in Broadway productions in the past several years.  

The musical, although set in 1959 in fictional Rydell High in Chicago, transcends any age bracket and includes all of your favorite songs from the show and movie, including “Summer Nights,” “Greased Lightnin’'” and “We Go Together.”  So grab your poodle skirt and your saddle shoes and get ready to “Hand Jive” the night away.  You better hurry and get your tickets now before Hicks’ Soul Patrol grabs them all up!