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Diana DeGarmo gets another theater gig: the national tour of ‘9 to 5: The Musical, coming to Atlanta Sept. 28-Oct. 3

credit: Broadway World

credit: Broadway World

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.

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Rosita

July 29th, 2010
3:38 pm

Rodney,
Dare I mention that “alumni” is the plural form of the noun? The singular for a female is alumna and for a male it is alumnus.

No charge for this service. . . .lol

Rosita

July 29th, 2010
3:39 pm

Woodpappy

July 29th, 2010
3:45 pm

Dang Rosita I’m glad you don’t hold me to those standards….:-)

JTesla

July 29th, 2010
3:47 pm

Oh and thanks for the new blog entry? ;)

Diana as Doralee? That should be interesting. Glad she has a big gig, but I would have pegged her to play one of the other two ladies.

Rodney, if you do snag an interview with her take ‘pizza along with you. Actually on second thought, that might not be a good idea.

JTesla

July 29th, 2010
3:50 pm

Woodpappy, no kidding. I’m surprised she isn’t scolding Disney for having Donald Duck when it obviously should be Donald Drake.

kelly&carriefan

July 29th, 2010
3:59 pm

Line of the day: It’s so weird saying, ‘My husband,” she said with a laugh. – Carrie Underwood.

It’s okay, Carrie. It’s weird for me too… HA! ;)

Rickster

July 29th, 2010
4:09 pm

I can see her as Doralee. She’ll just need to thicken up that Southern accent. :-)

Rickster

July 29th, 2010
4:11 pm

There once was a girl named Diana.
She could sing but could not play piana (work with me folks)
She was lovely and sweet
and her favorite meat
was them sausages they call Vianna.

Deirdre

July 29th, 2010
4:17 pm

Thanks, Rodney. I wish Diana the best and I think it’s time to just let bygones be bygones. Diana has done very well for herself and you have never failed to give her props for it. I think just a regular interview without worrying about who likes or doesn’t like who would be just the ticket!

Besides, we all know how those DeGarmo fans can get really snippy…wreckedpizza excepted, of course!

And the grammar/spelling/syntax stuff is getting way over the top if you ask me. It’s a blog. Misinformation should always be corrected but for the rest of it…let’s say we stick with “he who is without sin may cast the first stone” way of doing things.

Mercedes S.

July 29th, 2010
4:18 pm

And of course Rosie, if we talk about Fangtasia and Diana bunched together, they’d be alumnae…

Mercedes S.

July 29th, 2010
4:19 pm

I watch too much *True Blood”. I mean Fantasia.

Rodney Ho

July 29th, 2010
4:27 pm

I just switched it to contestants… :)

Rickster

July 29th, 2010
4:30 pm

should it then be “post-Idol contestants” – since obviously she wasn’t as successful as Fantasia that year. :-)

Ah… to be 23 and that talented. Something I never knew.

kelly&carriefan

July 29th, 2010
4:30 pm

Mercedes, LOL! Thanks for that laugh…that was hilarious! Fangtasia. :mrgreen:

JTesla

July 29th, 2010
4:34 pm

Rodney: that is awesome. Change it to something else is the method I use to solve my grammatical conundrums.

Analyst

July 29th, 2010
4:36 pm

Rosita- does the same hold true in spanish?

Analyst

July 29th, 2010
4:37 pm

Oh, and Rodney, you mispelled your name. Or is that slang?

Deirdre

July 29th, 2010
4:39 pm

Way to go, Rodney!

Rickster

July 29th, 2010
4:40 pm

actually.. I re-read Rodney’s re-done sentence, and I erred. There is no need to re-write his description of Diana.

Rickster

July 29th, 2010
4:46 pm

Of course… the times she’s not been particularly happy to see Rodney have been pre-Hat! :-)

Deirdre

July 29th, 2010
4:51 pm

Ah… to be 23 and that talented. Something I never knew

I’d just go with the 23 part! ;-)

Rickster

July 29th, 2010
4:52 pm

Deirdre

July 29th, 2010
4:52 pm

And Mercedes…there’s no such thing as too much True Blood!

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

July 29th, 2010
4:53 pm

D, i think ’sita et al. just kind of got “into” the whole grammar thing and went crazy, cuz usually it only gets this picky when we’re playin’ around, yanno? it IS summer….nearly 100 degrees summer at that! gotta do sumfin’ stoopie, yanno?

shhhhhhh don’t tell anyone i stopped by before 5!!!

Mercedes S.

July 29th, 2010
4:53 pm

JT, shouldn’t that be conundra?

Rickster

July 29th, 2010
4:57 pm

Another sign that Hollywood is running out of original ideas… Dan Akroyd and Justing Timberlake (who has said he would not want the judge seat vacated by Simon Cowell) will be providing the voices of Yogi (Akroyd) and Boo Boo (Timberlake) in the new Yogi Bear movie due out this December.

kelly&carriefan

July 29th, 2010
5:01 pm

It’s alright, Rickster. I’m really happy for her…and maybe eventually Mr Fisher will let go of the mousse. Besides, I’m saving myself for Kelly. Ha ha. ;)

Rickster

July 29th, 2010
5:02 pm

Hope everyone has a great night, folks!

Deirdre

July 29th, 2010
5:03 pm

Hey linny!!!!! I just think we’re focusing way too much on ‘correctness’. We all really DO know the difference between there, their and they’re or to, too, and two. Most of us know “effect” from “affect” and when to use “no” as opposed to “know”. Then there’s site, sight and cite. When we think about it, we know what it should be but often, in the heat of getting a point across while attempting to type, the wrong word appears.

What I’m saying is that we don’t need to be corrected. And we shouldn’t feel the need to correct ourselves either unless what we’ve said is muddled up by the mistake.

All I’m saying is relax! We’re not in a classroom anymore. And all of us here are pretty good with the language…as far as I can tell.

Rosita

July 29th, 2010
5:08 pm

Y’all, I only do it to be snarky, but I’ll pull back a little if it’s getting old.
Rickster did u see how I finished your Limerickster about DePaul?

Rosita

July 29th, 2010
5:09 pm

And that was exactly why I prefaced my comment above with “Dare I. . . ” No more!

JTesla

July 29th, 2010
5:10 pm

Mercedes, being descended, as I am, from a long line of people who had a grand time spanking the Romans, I will stick with the English bast4rdization when it comes to pluralizing conundrum. Latin is for sissies, now it’s time to go paint myself blue and run naked down the street.

I do however bow and acknowledge the superior skills of our two language experts. And I have to agree with Deirdre.

Mercedes S.

July 29th, 2010
5:24 pm

I stand semi-corrected! Googled “plural form of conundrum” and came upon an intense discussion on The Guardian’s website. Half wanted conundrums, half conundra. Turns out it’s not a Latin word at all; the earliest attestation is “conundrum” is the late 16th century, in English. But since it ends in -um, many assume it is Latin and pluralize it -a.

One reader quoted his language prof: “If you, as a native speaker of a language, utter a sentence that is heard and completely understood by another native speaker, then what you have said is grammatically, phonetically, even completely semantically correct. So I’ll use ‘conundra’ when I’m among pedants and “”conundrums’ when I address teh rest of the world.”

Truce, JT and D?

TheStandard

July 29th, 2010
5:32 pm

Rodney – You’re not the only one she’s like that with.

Needabailout,too!

July 29th, 2010
5:37 pm

Y’know, think what an awesome young life she’s leading–only 23 and already a veteran of Broadway, surrounded by extremely talented and creative friends/associates, and having NYC as a frequent playground. I’ve always liked her, even more now that she’s quietly and steadily forging a successful theatrical career and creating the life for herself that she’s always wanted. One of the few without scandal, just quietly getting it done.

Deirdre

July 29th, 2010
5:40 pm

Do we want to hang around in a place where we fear what we write? For whatever reason? Just sayin’ ;-)

JTesla

July 29th, 2010
5:42 pm

Mercedes: I kind of like the learning aspect of it all, but it shouldn’t bog us down. No truce needed.

“Needabailout,too!” Agreed.

JTesla

July 29th, 2010
5:56 pm

Was it Linny whose son wanted to be a film critic? CNN had a “roundtable” with tips for aspiring critics.

Deirdre

July 29th, 2010
6:17 pm

Need…Diana is doing it on her own…Idol has never been a big fan of DeGarmo. They’ll throw her a bone occasionally. She’s a talented girl and deserves all the good things that happen to her.

JT, Mercedes could help out with the film critic info.

JTesla

July 29th, 2010
6:26 pm

That’s actually how I knew about it, Linny was asking a while back. Just saw it and thought of her (so Linny hit CNN if it is still an interest)

Harriett

July 29th, 2010
7:23 pm

Hi,everyone! The beach is wonderful,and I hate to leave it. Ocean Isle, NC is really quiet and restful. Talk to y’all on Monday. I agree with Rodney re: Jessica Simpson. Please God!

kelly&carriefan

July 29th, 2010
8:04 pm

Breaking news: per AP, Ellen is done on Idol! I’m guessing all new judges?

Anyway. I’ll be back tomorrow. Y’all have a great evening!

Highlander

July 29th, 2010
8:16 pm

Sorry, but I’ll have to just agree to disagree.= on the whole grammar/spelling/punctuation correction thing.

It’s never been done here in a mean way (except against the occasional troll who has attacked us) as much as just a havin’-a-laff kind of way. Just a little slagging never hurt anyone. And no one here should take it seriously.

Highlander

July 29th, 2010
8:18 pm

I have no clue where that damn “equal” sign came from. I may have missed the ‘backspace’ key.

Let the slaggin’ begin!!!! :lol:

Rosita

July 29th, 2010
8:27 pm

I agree with you, Highlander; it’s a form of banter. Anything can be taken to extremes but I hope we look at intent and when no harm is intended, I hope it’s ok.

I feel attacked.

DianaFan

July 29th, 2010
9:05 pm

Rodney, It’s been over 6 years. Whatever animosity there was towards you by Diana’s fans is pretty much forgotten. Idol was a long time ago and obviously Diana has done more than enough to prove herself in the years since. As a whole, we appreciate how you always tout Diana’s Broadway gigs. I don’t know if I would have made the decision you did today, to again bring up publicly whether or not Diana likes you on a personal level (versus just being willing to deal with you as a reporter), but I do hope you get an interview and it goes well. :)

Deirdre

July 29th, 2010
9:09 pm

JTesla

July 29th, 2010
9:10 pm

Rosita, you’ve provide some great fun here over the last few days. However, the overkill of certain things are also an example of how things can go wrong.

Let me use a few analogies: we can all agree that booze is good, but consuming too much… not so good. Eating is good, too much… not so good. Ferris Bueller taking one day off is good, taking every day off makes him a drop out… not so good.

So while the occasional haiku (do you really think you can stop Rickster once you get him going) will be cute, having it dominate the thread for more than a day is just too much. A forced Idol reference in the occasional post is humorous, but until Rodney tells us that we need to stay on topic it is unneeded and starts to get old. The same goes for the spelling issue: funny on occasion, but… well you get the point.

For me, my auto-response is to get defensive of Rodney because it is typical for him to be attacked – not by you, but by others. Between his two blogs, there are certain people that decide to belittle him not on the content of his post, but on a minor typo.

JTesla

July 29th, 2010
9:13 pm

Re: Ellen, why couldn’t they vote Randy off? Oh well, please, PLEASE, PLEASE!!!!!!!!! have there only be three judges!

THREE! 3! Tres!

Rosita

July 29th, 2010
9:17 pm

JTesla,
I appreciate your thoughtful response.
As a former reporter, I feel a special kinship with Rodney and feel his posture as host is different from that of us bloggers. So when I see him make an error I think is significant, I feel it is kind to point it out. You may not agree, and he may not either.
I won’t bother doing it again.
Also, I don’t take responsibility for the way the haiku were beaten to death.
Sometimes this is not a nice place to be.

JTesla

July 29th, 2010
9:36 pm

Rosita, I am very sincere in the fact that you created, on you own, a very fun string of posts. However, all of us (myself included) can take things a bit too far at times. Trust me I don’t blame you, and I’m not trying to attack you. We’ve discussed in the past (we being Deirdre and myself) how it kind of deters from the point or the mood when there are 10 comments and 5 of those are people correcting minor details of their own posts (just one example)

However, I’m just one guy with my own opinion, I don’t control, I just share. I like you so do your thing – again just my opinion.

Harm

July 29th, 2010
9:51 pm

Deirdre, I don’t know where Nana is! I suppose she is enjoying her retirement too much! I’ll try to call her soon.

This has nothing to do with Idol, but I don’t care for Joy Behar!

They found the missing girl in Carrollton and it did not turn out well. Too many evil people in the world!

Alison Iraheta and Orianthi are performing on SYTYCD right now!!! Alison was my favorite from last year!!!

Chuckles™

July 29th, 2010
11:46 pm

I can’t wait to get to see Diana locally. That crowd will be filled with folks from Snellville (Where Everybody is Somebody).

As for Ellen’s ‘departure’: Those who follow this blog know I hinted at major, earthshaking changes coming this year. I mentioned that word was there was MAJOR friction among ‘The Powers That Be’ and that ABC was actively shopping the idea of grabbing the Idol franchise once X Factor starts up.
This is still in play, as far as the rumors go.

But Ellen leaving is not a surprise. She HAD to go if they were to nuke the format. She had the only long term deal (other than Ryan). Randy has 1 year left, and Kara is on a year-to-year. So, expect major chaos if Nigel comes back. Ken will be gone for sure, and the Fremantle folks do NOT like Nigel.

What I’ve heard – no judges (!). Ryan runs the show with much more reality content (contestants get more of the reality show treatment like they did in the 1st 6 seasons), he intros the contestents, they perform, and they leave. Guest mentors act as the bounce back opinion to Ryan. It’ll cost a LOT less to produce, the mentor will be much more involved, and it’ll give more time for pre-produced content that can be shown & delivered with an ON TIME EXIT to the show.

Will they do it? Could be.

Rodney Ho

July 30th, 2010
12:23 am

New blog entry up. And Rosita, please correct me when you can. I appreciate it. I don’t always vet my work as thoroughly as I should and grammatical issues do pop up.

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