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‘American Idol’ winner David Cook brings acoustic tour to Ridgefield Playhouse
By Patrick F. Quinn
Updated 6:24 pm EDT, Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Rock singer-songwriter and Season 7 “American Idol” winner David Cook is stopping in Ridgefield on an acoustic tour in support of his latest release, the six-song EP “Chromance.”
Cook will be joined by another guitarist and a beatbox percussionist at the Ridgefield Playhouse Wednesday, Nov. 7, with Matt Hires as the opening act. Besides releasing new music this year, Cook, 35, also did two stints in the co-lead role of Charlie Price in “Kinky Boots” on Broadway.
Cook called in recently from his home in Nashville, Tenn., to speak about the tour, the difference between Broadway and concert performance and the reboot of “American Idol.”
Q: You’ve toured acoustic and electric. On this tour, you’ll be doing songs from “Chromance,” which is electric, as well as other hits from your catalog. Why are you doing acoustic rather than full electric this time out?
A: Really, it’s just a different challenge. To really kind of break down these songs to their bare elements, especially now that we’re incorporating some stuff from “Chromance” and songs ... from the catalog, stuff like “Light On” and “Come Back to Me.” We’re trying to rework (them) a little bit. It just keeps it fresh for us as performers and hopefully keeps it fresh for the audience.
Q: The EP features all-new material written over the past year, as well as your version of Phil Collins’ song about homelessness, “Another Day in Paradise.” Why did you pick that particular song to cover?
A: It kind of happened organically. I was in the studio one night editing vocals on one of the other tracks. That song I just started kind of playing on the keyboard and I love the message of it. To me that song speaks to the idea of, you know, lifting each other up and acceptance and togetherness. I guess for me it vibes an idea we can use a little more of, so it felt like a pertinent and poignant message to put on the record.
Q: You also did two runs on Broadway earlier this year for the first time, in “Kinky Boots.” How will an acoustic run be different from a Broadway show?
A: The Broadway run was such a cool experience ... definitely all the bells and whistles. To go from that to an acoustic tour that is, you know, obviously going to be a little more laid-back and a little bit more raw. I love the juxtaposition of those two things, so I’m excited about stepping into something that feels different.
Q: I understand you’ll be introducing new music on this tour as well. ...
A: Yes, we’ve just announced a new single coming out ... called “Death of Me.” It’s the first new song I’ve written since my run on Broadway in “Kinky Boots” and I’m really excited about it. It’s just another step forward in the evolution of my sound. As you know, I made a conscious effort to try some different things with “Chromance.” I think it’s just another extension of that. So to try to rework that song now kind of on the fly for this acoustic run is going to be fun.
Q: What’s your take on the “American Idol” reboot?
A: I think the show can be what it was, which at its best was just a really great platform to find new talent. I’m excited for it. Hopefully it doesn’t fall into the trap of being something else, so I think if it can be what it was for me and other people like me, then great