From Broadway to the Bowl to 'Idol'?: A conversation Harry Connick, Jr.
I repeated the remark the next day to Connick, who seemed pleased to hear it. The New Orleans-born 42-year has a down-home manner on stage—which included bringing his youngest daughter on stage to tell a joke—and he is just as friendly and ingratiating one to one.
As he plans for his Hollywood Bowl evenings Friday and Saturday nights, he’s still being bandied about as a possible "American Idol" judge following his high-profile run as a celebrity mentor earlier this year. Connick told me that when asked if he’d be interested in being a judge, “I said yes.”
As for rumors he could play a key role in a Broadway version of the new musical, “Robin and the 7 Hoods,” Connick says he hasn’t heard anything about it, but he’s flattered they’d think of him.
-- Barbara Isenberg
Photo of Harry Connick by Palma Kolansky