Moderately interesting, the beginning city of this national theater tour being in a city named Providence. Merriam-Websters defines the word 'providence': divine guidance or care; the power sustaining and guiding human destiny. Whether this city was selected simply at random, a matter of pure circumstance, convenience, or perhaps, for those so inclined, a sign sent harboring some sort of cosmic divinity (Ouija anyone?) - something to entertain your brain for a moment.
You see, Mr. Hicks has said he's on a new pathway toward a possible new age marketing idea, an idea concocted within the secluded walls of the show's producers and Mr. Hicks' "people". This national touring production of "Grease" providing the added benefit of promoting his new CD scheduled for release, February 10th, 2009. (Regarding "people", you know what I mean - the cast of humanity that surround those of the celebrity ilk designed to provide guidance and advice; handle all the scheduling and marketing that accompanies the status of 'said' celebrity.) Not known, the idea behind and the reason for kicking off this national tour in the the tiny state of Rhode Island and that potentially provident moniker of description for Mr. Hicks' most recent quest to rise in the entertainment industry.
In an article in one of the Providence local on-line sources, projo.com, Rick Massimo pens a clever title, "Taylor Hicks greases the skids of his career". In that title lies reference to the fact that Mr. Hicks is in need of an upward surge in his destiny chart and that perhaps "Grease" may pull the guy out of what has been viewed by many as a downward skid, career-wise. In the article Mr. Hicks is quoted as saying that the role of Teen Angel spoke to him. “It’s kind of like rock ’n’ roll heaven — all the rock stars coming down from heaven and [saying] ‘Do something that’s solid.’ I think there’s a hidden message: Education will set you free.”
Perhaps this role in "Grease" as the Teen Angel has come to Mr. Hicks as his providence; certainly it will provide an education in creative expansion. Too, perhaps Providence will play a role in being a key to finally unlock that door he's been knocking on for so many years.
"Fight Outta You" Ben Harper LYRICS
Taylor Hicks, may providence be with you. (You know, like the Force.)