American Idol Season 5 winner Taylor Hicks will take audiences into the heart of American history beginning tonight (March 13) when he stars in the Serenbe Playhouse production of the 1974 Broadway musical Shenandoah. The outdoor stage will erupt out of a Civil War reenactment of more than 100 soldiers, horses and canons March 13 – 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,” Taylor shared.
Taylor, who also starred in the 2007 Broadway revival of Grease, joins The X Factor USA season 3 finalist Rachel Potter in the outdoor production produced by Serenbe Playhouse, known for creating epic, site-specific outdoor productions to engage and entertain audiences. Shenandoah will capture the story of one family’s struggle living in the Shenandoah Valley during the American Civil War during a theatrical journey of heartbreak and ultimately hope in a fight for human rights.
Taylor’s starring role in Shenandoah follows his critically-acclaimed release of Six Strings and Diamond Rings, a deeply personal, roots-inspired song recorded at Zac Brown’s Southern Ground studio in Nashville with contributions from four-time Grammy-winning musician Keb’ Mo as well as Robert Randolph. Produced by Hicks along with Grammy-winning guitarist Bryan Sutton (Garth Brooks, Brad Paisley).
Taylor Hicks and Rachel Potter sing “Violets and Silverbells”
Taylor Hicks performs Six Strings and Diamond Rings on ‘Atlanta & Company’