American Idol and X-Factor performers to star in Madison Theatre musical

From My Hometown

"From My Hometown" to play February 2-5

Matthew Johnson, a recent contestant on "The X Factor," has studied with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and also created arrangements for performers on the Grammy awards. Todrick Hall is a Texas native who made it to the round of 16 on the 9th season of "American Idol." Chicago actor Jonathan Butler has performed with several leading regional theatres, including the Actors Theatre of Louisville and Milwaukee Repertory Theatre.

"From My Hometown," a rags-to-riches celebration of the American dream, features three soul singers who pack their bags and leave their hometowns for the world-famous Apollo Theatre. Each seeks escape from poverty, leaving behind family and a hometown sweetheart. The show features classic R&B hits that include "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay," "Working in a Coal Mine," "Lonely Teardrops," "Try a Little Tenderness," and many more.

Performances are Feb 2-4 at 8 p.m., Feb 4 at 2 p.m. and Feb 5 at 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by phone (516-678-5000, ext. 7715) or online at madisontheatreny.org. Special student pricing and group rates are available for this show, the first musical produced at the Madison Theatre.

The Madison Theatre at Molloy College, a new 550-seat performing arts center, opened in November with a Gala performance hosted by comedian Martin Short.

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