Though many reality-TV alums might disgust the public more than they (supposedly) entertain, there are a select few who show real talent beyond the TV shows that helped launch their careers. Two examples that have stood out: singers Jennifer Hudson (who was booted from “American Idol”) and Susan Boyle (of “Britain’s Got Talent”), both of whom went on to have successful careers on their own right after their time on the shows was over.
Another name to add is Susan McFadden, who has made quite a name for herself in London’s West End after winning the part of Sandy on the British version of “Grease Is The Word,” a reality show which selected players for a revival of the famous Broadway musical. She has since participated in various other productions and has recently joined the Irish musical ensemble Celtic Woman for their Believe tour, which kicked off in Nashville in February following the release of the album of the same name.
The disc features a mix of reworked pop songs like Paul Simon’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and “The Water Is Wide” with traditional Irish songs and classical favorites—a formula the group has stuck with since their inception.
McFadden steps in for founding member Lisa Kelly, who is currently on maternity leave. As coincidences have it, Kelly also played Sandy on an earlier West End production of “Grease.” There is no word if McFadden will be made a full-time member when Kelly returns to the group. (Ernest Barteldes)
March 30 and 31, Rosemont Theatre, 5400 North River Road, Rosemont, (847)671-5100, 8pm.