American Dreams


Teen Stars Hilary Duff And Haylie Duff Will Also Guest-Star In Later Episodes

BURBANK, Calif. -- July 24, 2003 -- The beat goes on for NBC's "American Dreams" as the sophomore drama set in the mid-1960s will again resonate with the sounds of the digital age as Kelly Clarkson (winner of the first "American Idol"), Monica ("The Boy Is Mine") and multi-Grammy winner Alicia Keys ("Fallin'") join the growing list of current musical guest-stars in the second-year drama.

In addition, sisters Hilary Duff ("Lizzie McGuire") and Haylie Duff ("The Lizzie McGuire Movie") will guest-star in future episodes of "American Dreams."

The announcements were made today by Jeff Zucker, President, NBC Entertainment.

"'American Dreams' has made a dramatic impact by combining the past musical scene with the present," said Zucker. "We are thrilled with the mutually beneficial relationship that allows us to showcase musical stars such as Kelly Clarkson who relate to a contemporary audience."

Clarkson will play the era's pop princess Brenda Lee and will sing her hit, "Sweet Nothings," in the season premiere. Monica will portray Mary Wells and will sing the former Motown star's hit single, "My Guy." Keys will embody Fontella Bass and will perform her hit "Rescue Me" while Hilary and Haylie Duff will appear as the Shangri-Las and will sing one of the group's 1960's hits.

Clarkson ("A Moment Like This") recently saw her first release, "Thankful," soar to the top of the Billboard pop charts and was certified platinum. She also starred in the summer feature film "From Justin to Kelly" with fellow "Idol" contestant Justin Guarini.

Monica teamed with Brandy to sing "The Boy Is Mine," which shot up to the number-one spot on the Billboard charts. She was just 14 when her single, "Don't Take It Personal (just one of dem days)," was certified RIAA platinum after claiming the top spot on Billboard's Hot R&B singles chart. Her second single, "Before You Walk Out of My Life," achieved the same success. Among her subsequent albums is "Miss Thang," for which Billboard honored her as Artist of the Year. Monica also starred in the TV movie "Love Song" and in the feature film, "Boys and Girls."

Keys, whose debut CD "Songs in a Minor" is a multi-platinum seller, won the "Best New Artist," "Song of the Year," "Best R & B Vocal Performance," "Best R & B Song" and "Best R & B Album" at the 2001 Grammy awards.

Hilary Duff's performing career has been in high gear fueled by starring in the title role of the teen-scene series "Lizzie McGuire" for the Disney Channel as well as on the big-screen in "The Lizzie McGuire Movie." She also recently has launched a successful singing career.

Meanwhile, her sister Haylie has guest-starred in various television episodes, including NBC's "Third Watch," "Boston Public" and "Chicago Hope." She also has appeared in "Lizzie McGuire" and in "The Lizzie McGuire Movie."

Last year, some of the other performers who experienced a bit of historic déjà vu on "American Dreams" were Usher as Marvin Gaye, Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys (as Jay of Jay and the Americans), Grammy winner India.Arie (as activist singer Nina Simone), Vivian Green (as Motown great Brenda Holloway), Vanessa Carlton (as soulful pop diva Dusty Springfield), Wayne Brady (as Jackie Wilson), Grammy winner Michelle Branch (as Lesley Gore), Duncan Sheik (as Top-10 hipster Bobby Darin), R&B artists B2K ("Pandemonium") with Marques Houston (as legendary Motown group the Temptations), R&B songstress Kelly Rowland (as Martha Reeves) and Stacie Orrico (as one of The Angels).

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