DeGarmo, Young, Ashford and Riabko Among New Cast of Hair on Broadway
By Adam Hetrick
"American Idol" finalists Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young will lead the tribe of the Tony-winning Broadway revival of Hair beginning March 9.
DeGarmo, who most recently appeared in The Toxic Avenger Off-Broadway and the Broadway run of Hairspray, has been cast as Sheila (originally played by Caissie Levy). After starring in the Broadway and national tour of Grease, Young will return to the New York stage as Berger, the role originated by Tony nominee Will Swenson.
The new tribe of Hair will also feature Annaleigh Ashford (Wicked, Legally Blonde) as Jeanie, Jeannette Bayardelle (The Color Purple) as Dionne, Vanessa Ray as Crissy, Kyle Riabko (Spring Awakening) as Claude, Wallace Smith as Hud and Jason Wooten as Woof.
Completing the cast are Justin Badger, Nicholas Belton, Larkin Bogan, Natalie Bradshaw, Catherine Brookman, Briana Carlson-Goodman, Antwayn Hopper, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Rachel Bay Jones, Mykal Kilgore, Josh Lamon, Nicole Lewis, Anastacia McClesky, Paris Remillard, Arbender Robinson, Kate Rockwell, Cailan Rose, Rashidra Scott, Jen Sese, Lawrence Stallings, Terrance Thomas, Emma Zaks and Lee Zarrett.
The new cast of Hair will make their Broadway debut March 9, while members of the original Broadway cast will begin performances in the London production at the Gielgud Theatre on April 1. An official London opening has been set for April 14.
Featuring book and lyrics by the late Gerome Ragni and James Rado and music by Galt MacDermot, the Broadway revival of Hair opened on Broadway March 31, 2009, at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Diane Paulus earned a Tony nomination for her direction of the revival.
The Al Hirschfeld Theatre is located at 302 West 45th Street. For further information visit HairBroadway.
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