Kelly Clarkson plans first solo tour. The first ''Idol'' winner will play theaters in 34 cities this spring

By Gary Susman
Updated February 23, 2005 at 05:00 AM EST

While you’re waiting to see who’ll become the next American Idol winner, one proven Idol champ may be coming to a theater near you. After touring a number of times with other Idol folk, the show’s first winner, Kelly Clarkson, is embarking on her first solo tour. The 34-city trek across North America begins March 30 in Tulsa and ends May 29 in Vancouver. ”Nothing makes me happier than being on the road,” Clarkson said Tuesday in a statement. ”I can’t wait to see the fans and perform my new material.”

The 22-year-old singer will be promoting her new CD, Breakaway, in mostly theater-size venues, an arrangement that she said ”will be a great opportunity for me to connect with my die-hard fans in an intimate setting.” Details of the tour dates and ticket sales are posted at Clarkson’s website.