‘American Idiot’ to Close
The critically acclaimed Broadway musical “American Idiot, ” which used songs by the punk rock band Green Day for a story about disillusionment among the nation’s youth during George W. Bush’s presidency, will close on April 24 after 27 preview performances and 421 regular performances, the producers announced on Thursday.
The final three weeks of the show will feature an encore performance by Billie Joe Armstrong, Green Day’s lead singer and guitarist, as the character St. Jimmy, an impish but malevolent specter who enables the main character Johnny in his worsening drug addiction. He will play April 5 through 24.
Last week, following Mr. Armstrong’s departure from his latest stint as St. Jimmy, “American Idiot” saw a mammoth drop in its box office grosses, falling from $1.3 million to $395, 275. While many musicals and plays saw a drop-off in ticket sales last week — partly because the previous week included a holiday and school vacations — “American Idiot” declined the most by far.
Justin Guarini had joined the show last week in the role of Will
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Paul McDonald tweets to a fan, “No instruments yet. I’m really missing my guitar these days.”
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Carrie Underwood Celebrating her B-day at the Predators Game in Nashville.
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Jeff Foxworthy, Diana DeGarmo, Michael W. Smith to appear at Chick-fil-A founder’s fete
Comedian Jeff Foxworthy, Christian artist Michael W. Smith and American Idol alum turned Broadway star Diana DeGarmo all will be on hand tonight for Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy’s 90th birthday bash.
Developer Tom Cousins and former Mayor Andrew Young are chairing the event.
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Bo Bice to perform at Huntsville’s Crossroads on March 12
HUNTSVILLE, AL. – Huntsville native and 2005 “American Idol” finalist Bo Bice is coming back home.
Bice, who now lives in Nashville with his wife and three sons, is performing March 12 at Crossroads, 115 Clinton Ave. His latest song, “You Take Yourself With You, ” is in the Top 10 of the Great American Country Television’s Top 20 Countdown.
Zac Hacker will open the show and tickets are only $8. Go to crossroadsmusic.biz.
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Bo Bice’s career sounds more and more like it’s ‘going country’
HUNTSVLLE, AL. – Former “American Idol” star Bo Bice offered an apology right off the bat Tuesday morning for the woman talking loudly in the car as he drove through Nashville en route to a video shoot.
“I’ve got you on speaker phone and you may hear this lady talking, ” said Bice, who was born in Huntsville. “I’m using my GPS to get somewhere.”
Oh, we thought it might be his wife.
“I didn’t marry a British lady, ” Bice said, laughing. He is appearing Saturday night at Crossroads, 115 Clinton Ave., along with Zac Hacker. The show starts at 10 p.m.
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‘American Idol’ Predictions: Ashton Jones Could Be First Top 13 Casualty
t’s that time again. After holding our tongues for weeks (OK, months), we are finally ready to roll out the first of what will be a weekly slate of predictions of likely “American Idol” eliminations.
While it gets much harder to predict as the number of seats on the IdolDome stage dwindle through April, at this beginning point in the competition, it’s usually pretty easy to pick off the weakest members of the pack. Which is why we had an almost unanimous call from our panel of “Idol” experts on who is likely to leave the baker’s dozen of finalists and get booted from the swanky finalists’ mansion after Wednesday night’s show. In other words: It will be a girl.
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5 Reasons ‘American Idol’ Has Surprised Us All — and Bounced Back
We’ll be the first to admit it: Our salacious predictions about the certain demise of “American Idol” in the wake of Simon Cowell’s departure were wrong.
But we weren’t alone in our premature doomsaying. For good reason: Flagging ratings, the loss of its most recognizable judge to launch a rival singing-competition show and seeming chaos over choosing his replacement didn’t make it look good for the Fox powerhouse about to enter its 10th season.
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‘American Idol’s’ Paul McDonald apologizes for wearing military garb
Sure, “American Idol” contestant Paul McDonald’s performance of Ryan Adam’s “Come Pick Me Up” got people talking, but it was his wardrobe that had people debating after the Top 13 show aired on Wednesday, Mar. 9.
McDonald wore the Marine Corps Dress Blues shirt during his performance, a move that unintentionally upset and angered a lot of people — including Marines. Some, however, saw it as a sign of support or just a simple fashion statement. Here are some of the comments from a post on McDonald’s performance:
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Paul McDonald Talks Pearly Whites, ‘American Idol’ Appeal
Nashville’s Paul McDonald has quickly established himself as one of the more dynamic finalists in this year’s “American Idol” top 13.
From his sparkly Nudie-style suit to his Chris Martin-esque shuffling dance moves and thousand-watt smile, the raspy-voiced indie singer has carved out his own unique place amid the teen crooners and R&B stylists.
Judge Jennifer Lopez has already commented a few times about McDonald’s smile, telling him on Wednesday night’s first top-13 performance show that his grin was infectious and spread to the audience during Paul’s take on a Ryan Adams song.
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Wisconsin High School Teacher Quits ‘American Idol’ for Students
Blake Lewis: ‘Pia Toscano Makes Me Feel Good’
This week’s Top 13 show was all about the American Idols’ idols…. say that 3 times fast. ;) The contestants all got to pick songs from their favorite performers – it was a night filled with talent. This year has to be one of the best years, as far as great singers. Huge vocals all over the place!
My house was filled with past contestants and friends as we all watched and screamed at the TV. It was a little crazy with nine people yelling their opinions after every performance. I had to watch again after they left ’cause late arrival, Didi Benami. Twist my arm Didi, twist my arm.
All right. I can’t go into every performance, but I will say that I really enjoyed Pia Toscano and Casey Abrams. I think these are the two I want to see at the finale. I’ve liked both of them since Hollywood Week and they do not disappoint.
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Guest Blogger and ‘Idol’ Alum Katie Stevens: ‘I Wish I Was on Season 10!’
It was definitely weird being back in the Idol studio last week. Because it’s like you’re reliving your experience and how exciting it was, there was almost that jealous factor of the other contestants. I’m in a good place right now, doing what I want and not getting judged anymore, but I was sitting in there thinking, these judges are really nice, I almost wish I was on this season just to see what they say! Oh well. Here’s what I have to say:
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Melinda Doolittle critiques the ‘American Idol’ Top 13 for HitFix
This was the first week they got to work with the producers and that definitely added a different dynamic. Here’s my order for this week. What do you think?
Casey Abrams – “With A Little Help From My Friends”
We all know how I feel about Casey. I was seriously waiting for him to sing a Joe Cocker song! I think he nailed it! I did notice that they’re bringing out the choir background singers early this year. I’m not complaining though. They were the icing on the cake for me.
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Clay Aiken: ‘Tried and True’
PHOENIX – “American Idol” alum Clay Aiken is on the road again, wrapping up a 20-city tour. He performs Thursday night in Mesa, and the Saturday night in San Francisco before heading home.
The singer stopped by 3TV to chat with Tara Hitchcock about his latest CD, “Tried and True, ” which came out about six months ago.
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TOUS Announces Jennifer Lopez as the New Face of Their Spring 2011 Advertising Campaign
NEW YORK, March 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — In its effort to continue to evolve into an international powerhouse, Barcelona-based jewelry brand, TOUS will touch people around the world with the new face of their Spring 2011 advertising campaign; global icon, Jennifer Lopez. Golden Globe nominated actress, platinum-selling artist, new host of the hit show, AMERICAN IDOL and perhaps her most significant role yet, model-mother to her twins, Lopez will be shot by Ellen Von Unwerth in a fun, feminine approach to the whimsical Spring collections designed by Rosa Tous with her husband Salvador Tous.
“We are absolutely delighted to have the iconic Jennifer Lopez be the face of TOUS’ Spring campaign, ” declares Rosa Tous. “Jennifer is not just an amazingly beautiful woman, but also a talented actress, musician and dancer sharing with us strong family values as we are a family-owned business” explains Salvador Tous, Honorific President of TOUS. “We are confident that Jennifer Lopez will be a great spokesperson as she is genuine and endlessly charismatic; a great illustration of our brand.”
“This is my favorite bear. You know, all girls love diamonds, ” declares Jennifer Lopez.
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