Idol Headlines for 10/19/08

Just to clarify: ‘Rock of Ages’ vs. ‘Rock of Love’

“Rock of Ages” is the latest upbeat Off-Broadway hit, currently running at New World Stages. “Rock of Love: Charm School” is VH1’s latest effort to reform wayward reality show contestants, currently airing on Sunday nights. Both involve air guitar and pole dancing, so here are the crucial differences.

NY Daily News

Rock of Ages

Making a jukebox book musical out of the hair-band hits of the 1980s may sound like a joke, but the funniest thing about Rock of Ages, currently blasting the roof off New World Stages, is that it has as much covert affection for musicals as it does for the arena rock of yesteryear. As the song says, it don’t mean nothing but a good time.

The hugely enjoyable musical has the good sense to riotously spoof itself, tongue always in cheek. The tone is set by our mullet-haired narrator (played with infectious energy by Mitchell Jarvis) who confesses he’s no “Andrew Lloyd Sondheim” and that he wanted to explore deep and insightful theater — but instead is narrating a show with poop jokes and Whitesnake songs.

Theater Mania

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Aiken performs at charity gala

Raleigh, N.C. ‘  Clay Aiken performed in Raleigh Saturday night during a gala held by the Bubel-Aiken Foundation.

The 2008 …Champions of Change event honored companies and individuals who help promote the foundation mission to promote programs which give children with disabilities the opportunity to experience life with their typical peers.


Economy Doesn’t Affect Carrie Underwood Ticket Sales

Syracuse, New York (WSYR-TV) – The economy had no effect Saturday night on the number of fans who wanted to see Carrie Underwood at the War Memorial in Downtown Syracuse. By the time the show started last night, the show was nearly sold out. Most people bought their tickets in advance, but about 200 did by tickets at the door.


Country meets pop as Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson strut their stuff

It was the meeting of country and pop-rock Saturday night when country superstar Reba McEntire and “American Idol” winner Kelly Clarkson joined forces before a near-capacity crowd at the Sovereign Center.

The appropriately named “2 Worlds 2 Voices” tour featured the different styles of the popular singers, who traded lead vocals, harmonized on several songs and sang from each other catalog of hits.

Reading Eagle

Country: Kellie Pickler

Kellie Pickler bared her soul at the 2007 Country Music Awards show while singing “I Wonder, ” a probing song she wrote about the mother who abandoned her when she was a child. With tears streaming down her face on national TV, it was a revealing moment for the Albemarle native and “American Idol” finalist, who had yet to process years of sorrow and bitterness.

News Observer

2nd annual Volley for the Cure is Nov. 7

The second annual Volley for the Cure event will be held at Lee University Nov. 7. The Lady Flames Volleyball Team will compete against Southern Wesleyan University at Walker Arena to raise money for the MaryEllen Locher Foundation in Chattanooga, which increases breast cancer awareness and provides scholarships to the children of breast cancer victims and survivors.

The event is part of the Lee University Homecoming 2008 weekend and will be kicked off the night before the game, Nov. 6, with a performance by recording artist and American Idol season finalist Phil Stacey, who is a Lee University Alumnus and former Singers of Lee member.

Cleveland Banner

Lance Bass steps up on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

For Lance Bass, quickstepping on “Dancing With the Stars” is a way to focus on himself. Specifically, on his abs.

“I’ve had several friends do the show, ” he says, “and they’re like, ‘Listen, try to get in shape before you do it because it’s going to hurt.’ I got a trainer and got in pretty much the best shape of my life.”

The one-time ‘N Sync boy-bander has worn many hats since the group split in 2002.

New York Daily News

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