As scores of forgotten reality show cast-offs have proven, it takes a lot more than actual talent to make it in the world of entertainment.
After making his Broadway debut in The Color Purple, Season nine American Idol finalist Todrick Hall has reinvented himself on more than one occasion emerging both as popular YouTube personality and later as star of his own MTV reality show.
Hall’s latest visual album Straight Outta Oz, features several high profile collaborations including former American Idol winner Jordin Sparks and Rupaul’s Drag Race star Bob the Drag Queen. Now, Hall is taking a live version of Straight Outta Oz on a multi-city tour over the summer.
In this contemporary re-imagining of L. Frank Baum’s classic children’s tale, Hall chronicles his humble upbringings in Plainview, Texas to his arrival in the big city of “Oz Angelos.”
With a business and media savvy unlike any of his contemporaries, Hall seems poised to become the next big star in a business driven not by top executives but by the many “likes” and “shares” of social media users.
Todrick Hall presents Straight Outta Oz , 7 p.m., July 19, 2016 at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle. Tickets $29.50 to $39.50. www.tobincenter.org, (210) 223-86242