Former Snellville gal and season 3 runner-up Diana DeGarmo has easily been the most successful “Idol” contestant when it comes to theater work so far. She’s performed in more than a half dozen Broadway, off Broadway and national shows over the past five-plus years.
Now the 23 year old has signed on with “9 to 5: The Musical” for a national tour. She will play Miss Doralee Rhodes, the Dolly Parton role from the 1980 movie. It launches September in Nashville, where she has a residence. The musical then moves to Atlanta’s Fox Theatre from Sept. 28 to Oct. 3. Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster for $27.85 to $72.05.
Her resume now includes “Hairspray,” “Brooklyn: The Musical,” “Oz the Musical,” “Back to Bacharach and David,” “The Toxic Avenger” and most recently, “Hair” (photo, left) with Ace Young.
Her powerful voice is perfect for theater and clearly, she can handle the rigors.
Since she’s coming to Atlanta for a live performance for the first time in a couple of years, she also gives me a reason to have another interview with her for the first time in a couple of years. Veterans of this blog know I’ve had some good experiences and some equally awkward experiences with her. She’s always answered my questions politely. But in person, she has never seemed particularly happy to see me.
Some of her fans have regarded me with suspicion since the show because I wasn’t a pure hometown cheerleader during season three. Seven years later, I’m not sure if that’s changed. In fact, I’ve never had the nerve to ask her what she thinks of me but then again, if it were negative, she’d probably never admit it.