From "American Idol" to Broadway and Beyond — TV Show's Alum Take to the Stage

By Karu F. Daniels
27 Jan 2014

Davis in Rent.
Photo by Joan Marcus

Davis, who is working on making her way back to Broadway (she says she doesn't want to jinx pending opportunities so won't offer details), is bringing her very own cabaret act to The Big Apple next month. The French And Kat Show is set to play the Metropolitan Room Feb. 8-10. The cabaret-styled show will also feature pianist/comedienne Kathryn Lounsbery (who she refers to as her "musical BFF").

"We do Broadway material and pop faves," she said. "We even do thrash metal and hip-hop. We do it all, while simultaneously serving both Clair Huxtable realness and musical theatre realness."

Fantasia, who was crowned the champion of season three, is currently performing in After Midnight, which she is scheduled to appear in through Feb. 9. "Coming back to Broadway, I'm going to enjoy this," she told Entertainment Weekly December 2013. "I have so, so much respect for every last person that hits the Broadway stage. No matter what show it is, a person is giving up their life with their family and their kids and putting it all on the stage through their bodies."

The Grammy Award winner has also performed in The Color Purple on Broadway, taking over for 2007 for Tony Award winner LaChanze and later as the headliner of its subsequent national tour.

Scott Sanders and Fantasia

After Midnight's lead producer Scott Sanders, who's been a fan of Fantasia over the years and first worked with her on The Color Purple, said she was due for a Broadway return: "The reason why I called Fantasia first was not just because of my experience in working with her so successfully in The Color Purple, but also I will never forget her sitting on the lip of the stage singing 'Summertime' on 'American Idol.' I was told that she didn't know the song more than a couple of days before she did that brilliant interpretation of it. Knowing that 'Stormy Weather' is in our show, I started to think, 'Who do I want to see sing ‘Stormy Weather' on opening night on Broadway?' And it was clearly Fantasia."

Fantasia's season three runner-up Diana DeGarmo made her own splash on The Great White Way with a short stint in the hit musical Hairspray in 2006. Her regional and Off-Broadway credits include Back to Bacharach and David, Joseph and the Amazing Techncolor Dreamcoat, The Toxic Avenger and 9 to 5 and the first national tour of Brooklyn The Musical. It was in 2010, during her Broadway return for the revival of Hair, where she met the man who would become her husband, Ace Young, also starring in the show and of "Idol" pedigree.