"American Idol" Finalist Sanjaya Malakar to Join Cast of Freckleface Strawberry

By Thomas Peter
08 Feb 2011

Sanjaya Malakar
Sanjaya Malakar

Sanjaya Malakar is the latest "American Idol" finalist to make the leap to the stage.

Malakar, who appeared in Season 6 of the reality-competition series, will make his New York stage debut when he joins the cast of Freckleface Strawberry The Musical beginning Feb. 23 at New World Stages.

Malakar will join a cast that currently features Remy Zaken (Spring Awakening) as Stawberry, with Julia Bray, Andrew Cristi, Linda Gabler, Kimiko Glenn and Mykal Kilgore.

Currently working on an album of original music, to be titled "Life-Love-Music," Malakar has also written the book "Dancing to the Music in My Head," released an EP and toured the world since his days as the memorably hairstyled "Idol" contestant.



Freckleface Strawberry The Musical is based on the best-selling children’s book by Oscar-nominated actress Julianne Moore. The show features music and lyrics by Gary Kupper with book by Kupper and Rose Caiola. Direction is by Buddy Crutchfield with choreography by Gail Pennington Crutchfield.

New World Stages is located at 340 West 50th Street. For tickets visit Telecharge.com or call (212) 239-6200.