“American Idol” Season 5 winner Taylor Hicks will take audiences into the heart of American history this spring when he stars in the Serenbe Playhouse production of the 1974 Broadway musical “Shenandoah.”Â The outdoor stage will erupt out of a Civil War reenactment of more than 100 soldiers, horses and canons March 13 â€“ April 7 in Serenbe, Ga., about 30 miles outside of Atlanta.
“I am truly excited to debut this lead role as Charlie Anderson in Shenandoah at Serenbe Playhouse. This a very unique and wonderful opportunity for me to learn and experience true scripted acting. This is a timeless story with a timeless message in a visionary theatrical company,” Hicks shared.Â Â
Hicks, who also starred in theÂ 2007 Broadway revival of “Grease,” joins “The X Factor” finalist Rachel Potter in the outdoor production produced byÂ Serenbe Playhouse, known for creating epic, site-specific outdoor productions to engage and entertain audiences. “Shenandoah” will capture the story of one familyâ€™s struggle living in the Shenandoah Valley during the American Civil War during aÂ theatrical journey of heartbreak and ultimately hope in a fight for human rights.
Hicks starring role inÂ “Shenandoah” follows his critically-acclaimed release ofÂ â€œSix Strings and Diamond Rings,â€ a deeply personal, roots-inspired song recordedÂ at Zac Brownâ€™s Southern Ground studio in Nashville with contributions from four-time GRAMMYÂ®-winning musicianÂ Keb’Â Mo as well asÂ Robert Randolph. Produced by Hicks along with GRAMMYÂ®-winning guitarist Bryan Sutton (GarthÂ Brooks, BradÂ Paisley).
For Hicks, winningÂ â€œAmerican Idolâ€™sâ€Â blockbuster fifth season was just the beginning. Hailed as â€œpartÂ Stax, part Motown and part honky-tonkâ€ by The New York Times, Hicksâ€™ intoxicating blend of soul, blues, country, and rock & roll quickly rendered him a household name as he progressed to the showâ€™s record-breaking finale in 2006, a historic television event which drew an audience of more than 200 million viewers. Hicks immediately followed his Idol victory with a No. 1 Billboard single and an RIAA certified Platinum debut, and soon went on to make history as both the first male Idol champion featured on a GRAMMY-winning record (Jimmy Fallonâ€™s â€˜Blow Your Pants Offâ€™), and the first to land a prestigious Las Vegas residency. A versatile artist, actor and advocate, Hicks has since ventured into theater and television, touring as Teen Angel in the popular Broadway musical â€œGreaseâ€ in addition to appearing on â€œLaw & Order: SVUâ€ and hosting â€œState Plate,â€ his own food and travel show now entering its third season on the INSP television network. Hicksâ€™ passion for southern cuisine also led him back to his native Alabama, where he opened up Sawâ€™s BBQ & Juke Joint, a restaurant recently crowned one of the â€œ25 Best Barbecue Spots in Americaâ€ by Menâ€™s Journal.Â
Tickets are on sale now. Ticket prices start at $40. Senior/student and group discounts are available. Rain Insurance is available for all tickets. All may be purchased online at www.serenbeplayhouse.com, or by calling the box office (770-463-1110), Wednesday â€“ Sunday, 12pm â€“ 5pm.
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