They never claimed the top title on American Idol, but former finalists Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo are about to “Let the Sunshine In” — and let it all hang out! — as part of a replacement cast in Hair, Broadway’s successful, ongoing revival of the stage musical about late-1960s counter-culture.
The newly announced cast, which will get naked for a scene in each performance if they follow show tradition, takes over on March 9 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, reports Broadway.com.
Young finished seventh on Idol‘s season 5, the year Taylor Hicks won. Now he’ll play Hair‘s sexy, impish Berger, leader of a tribe of hippies living in and around New York City’s Central Park.
DeGarmo, who was the runner-up to Fantasia Barrino in season 3 (the same year Jennifer Hudson got booted early), plays college student and political activist Sheila, and thus will get to belt the showstopper “Easy to Be Hard.”
We can only wonder if Simon Cowell will attend one night and take special heed of the song’s most memorable lyrics: “How can be so heartless? How can be so cruel? … Easy to be proud. Easy to say no.” Sing it, Diana! –Steve DalyRobert Pitts/Landov; Kevan Brooks/AdMedia