Taylor Hicks by Jim Spellman/ WireImage.com
Our favorite gray-haired, funky-dancing, soulful-singing
will join the Broadway cast of
on June 6, reports the
. You'd think the former Idol, who's been missing in action since losing his deal with J Records after selling a respectable 702K albums, would go after a part like sexy Danny Zuko or troublemaker Kenickie. But, no, this
winner wants to be your Teen Angel, and plans to add his trademark soulful sound to his version of "Beauty School Dropout."
Hicks joins a growing list of former Idols who have joined Broadway shows, including
The Color Purple
) and more. Hicks considers his debut "the opportunity of a lifetime," and a great way to season his skills as a performer.
And coming up this summer, Hicks will be finishing up his second album where he "had creative freedom and the time to write some of the best music that I've ever writen." And even though he's sans record deal, he adds, "there has been some great interest now that I'm a free agent." Soul Patrolers rejoice, your boy is back in town!
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