I read Saturday, in an edition of Parade magazine, David Archuleta is Paul Anka's pick to portray him in an upcoming Broadway production about his life. Archuleta would be a good pick for this role with his vocal stylings and his type of musical preferences. He also bears a resemblance to the young Mr. Anka.
Reading through some of the message boards this morning I was finding a mixed bag of opinions regarding this opportunity. It seems to be a general consensus - evidenced too when Taylor Hicks was offered the Teen Angel role in "Grease" - that doing Broadway is almost looked down upon, slant of the commentaries leaning toward it just not being a favorable venue. Why do so many folks seem to view those neon lights of Broadway in a negative light?
I find that interesting, many willing to post and write in response to this news appear to rather see young David out touring than taking on this role on Broadway. I mean, this is a production written and created by Paul Anka, a legend in the entertainment world, right? It is certainly a high compliment for David to be Paul Anka's selection for the role and likely an excellent opportunity.
Thinking back, what would my pre-adolescent years been like without Donny Osmond singing, "Puppy Love", a song written by Mr. Anka? I could imagine, young David following in Donny Osmond's steps and doing this tune. This video is sweet enough to hurt your teeth, love the little hairball at 2:17.
"Puppy Love" Paul Anka
I know there are many folks culturally cognizant who understand the importance of The Great White Way, who love and appreciate live performance art. Perhaps though, with the television and movie era we now have evolved into, Broadway is seen by many mainstream average Joe's and Josephina's as more of a tourist attraction activity when visiting The Big Apple, rather than a serious and demanding art form?
"On Broadway" George Benson - video starts a little watery but clears out.
video c/o nfsj99