On September 11th, 2008 the smash hit Broadway production of Grease welcomed "American Idol" Season Five finalist, Ace Young, in his Broadway as he joined the company in the role of "Kenickie" at the Brooks AtkinsonTheatre. BroadwayWorld TV chatted with the engaging young talent about the thrill of making his debut on the Broadway stage!
Ace Young achieved widespread fame in 2006 as a finalist on the hugely successful FOX singing competition "American Idol." With weekly exposure to the 40 million plus viewers of America's most widely watched television program, Ace quickly became one of the most recognizable male faces ever to appear on "Idol."
A native of Denver, Colorado, he began his career in the entertainment industry at the early age of nine performing at various venues all over the west coast. Following "Idol," Ace traveled the country performing in 60 sold out arenas across the nation as part of the "American Idols Live Tour." He has played guest starring roles on the popular television sitcoms "Half & Half" and "Bones." In 2007, Ace was nominated for a Grammy Award for his co-write on fellow "Idol" Chris Daughtry's quadruple platinum hit single "It's Not Over."
Grease opened on Broadway at the Brooks AtkinsonTheatre (256 West 47th Street) on Sunday, August 19, 2007 following preview performances which began on Tuesday, July 24, 2007. Directed and choreographed by two-time Tony Award-winner Kathleen Marshall (The Pajama Game, Wonderful Town), Grease features book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey.
In addition to Ace Young as "Kenickie," Grease also stars "American Idol" winner Taylor Hicks as "Teen Angel" (through September 7), NBC's "Grease: You're the One That I Want" finalists Derek Keeling as "Danny" and Ashley Spencer as "Sandy" along with Ryan Patrick Binder as "Doody," Susan Blommaert as "Miss Lynch," Will Blum as "Roger," Jeb Brown as "Vince," Janine DiVita as "Rizzo," Allison Fischer as "Patty," Robyn Hurder as "Marty," Lindsay Mendez as "Jan," Jose Restrepo as "Sonny," Jamison Scott as "Eugene" and Kirsten Wyatt as "Frenchy." The ensemble of GREASETM featuresAshley Arcement, Brian Crum, Natalie Hill ("Cha-Cha"), Keven Quillon, Josh Rouah, Allie Schulz, Brian Sears, Christina Sivrich, Amber Stone, Anna Aimee White.