American Idol finalists and real-life couple Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young will star in the Off-Broadway premiere of the new musical Hit Her With the Skates this fall. The show, which played a sold-out run at Hamilton Stage in New Jersey last spring, is billed as a mix of Grease, Hairspray, and Xanadu.
Hit Her With the Skates features book and lyrics by Christine Rea, music and lyrics by Rick Briskin, and direction by Michael Schiralli. The musical will make its Off-Broadway debut later this year at a theatre yet to be announced. Full casting and a creative team will be announced at a later date.
Hit Her With the Skates takes place in 1994 and follows pop/rock star Jaqueline Miller, who is returning to her hometown on the heels of her first national tour to kick off the re-opening of her beloved roller rink, Windy City Skates. When complications hit her head on, Jacqueline comes face-to-face with her 12-year-old self and all the things she learned during the golden age of skating: the 70s.
"We are thrilled to welcome Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young to the Hit Her With the Skates family!“ commented co-creator Rea, also a producer. "A couple in life, they’ll also be an on-stage couple who experience twists and turns in their relationship that precipitate the retrospective journey from 1994 back to 1977 and life with the gang at Windy City Skates roller rink. Diana and Ace are powerhouse vocalists and they’re charming people who will knock the pop/rock vocals out of the park and deliver on the comic, whimsical demands that are at the heart of Hit Her With the Skates. We can’t wait to ’shimmy left and cha-cha right’ and invite everyone to join the 'Skating Nation'!“
DeGarmo and Young were not part of the New Jersey production.
For more information on the upcoming New York City engagement, visit HitherWiththeSkates.com.